Tuesday, 6 October 2015

How Rains Affect Coco Peat Production?

In recent time, coco peat has certainly become one of the important factors that are being used in farming. Apart from its high water holding capacity, it is used as an organic fertilizer and the fact that it holds the soil together is one of the major reasons that why is it being used so widely. Coco peat is generated from the coir pith or coconut husk as we all call it. Though coco peat is being used in the farming world around the globe, there is a problem which has not been sorted till date and should be treated with some remedy at the earliest.

The production of the coco peat is a time taking process which comprises of many steps in a specified manner so that the production of the coco peat blocks from the coir. Firstly, the coconut husk is extracted out and the coir hair is dried up in the sun so that the moisture content reaches a level of less than 20%, which can be turned into coco peat blocks so as to be sent to the market. If the moisture content is more than the desired, the coir hair can’t be processed further so as to turn them into the blocks of the coco peat which can be available to the farmers for the end use.

During the monsoon season, there is an inadequate supply of sunlight which results in the event of not drying the coir hair to the desired limit. This is a major reason which leads to the difference in the supply and demand of the coco peat during the rainy season. Also, coconut trees are usually located near to the sea shore where the relative humidity reaches near to 90-95% during the rainy season. That’s a secondary reason for not drying the coir hair using the secondary methods as the air surrounding is already filled with water near to the maximum limit.

Also being by the sea side, the rain is often accompanied by strong winds and during which hardly anyone goes up the tall coconut trees to fetch them. Also if the tree is immersed under water, you can’t certainly climb it up and get the coconuts. Also rain makes the trunk of the tree wet and hence slippery which might result in a serious accident taking place, and as the farmers are mostly the only earning members in the family they certainly can’t and they usually don’t take up the risk to go to the top.

Though coco peat is becoming an important part of farming, but the fluctuation in its price especially during the monsoon stops the farmer opting for it. Though some of the leading firms have managed to control the price to some extent, but still their remains some hills and valleys in the graph for the price during the different months or seasons. To attract more farmers for using this product, the major companies should put in extra effort and if needed should come together with some innovative idea.

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