Papua New Guinea

Things to do

- No planned visit of the expert, as may other programmes are now launched in PNG
- Bibliographic studies
- Recommendations

Coconut nutrition in Papua New Guinea. Ollivier Jean, Akus W., Bonneau Xavier. 1999. CORD. Coconut Research and Development, 15 (2) : 76-105.

Copra yield in Papua New Guinea is estimated at 0.6 tonnes per- hectare per year. Several factors may be responsible for this low productivity compared to other Asia Pacific countries. Amongst these, nutrient deficiency is an important limiting factor. In order to evaluate coconut nutrition status in PNG, leaf sample collection was undertaken by examining 23 sites around the country and from a nutrition trial carried out at the Stewart Research Station of the PNG Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute (PNG-CCRI) in the Madang Province. Results of 1eaf analysis revealed significant widespread nitrogen deficiencies at most of the sampled sites and geographic variations in potash deficiency. Chlorine deficiency varied with geographic sites and was closely related to the prevailing wind pattern. Preliminary results on nut-set and flowering in the trial at Stewart Research Station revealed a positive response to nitrogen and chlorine-based fertilizer applications. This suggests that appropriate fertilizer applications would be benefit future coconut production on this particular site.