|Figure 1. First female/male classification for coconuts: |
the way the sprouts emerge from the husk when germinating. Left: female; right: male
|Figure 2. Third female/male representation |
of the coconuts. Left: female; right: male.
Figure 3. First female/male classification of the coconuts:
shape of the distal part of coconut husk. Left: female; right: male.
By R. Bourdeix and V. Mataora
- This is the first documented case in Polynesia where a farmer plant many coconut palms and remove the baddest. I found that most pacific farmers are generally very conservative and, once a coconut palm is planted, they keep it for a long time, be it a good or a bad producer. Jokingly, we could say that most of these farmers treat coconut palms as members of their families. This movie demonstrates that I was wrong and that, at least in some cases, farmers are applying the technique that is recommended in our website: to plant more coconut palms and to remove those which are not producing well.
- We were surprised to see that this farmer is applying the criteria for selecting coconut fruits similar than the one developed in the method proposed here.There is a scene where the farmer is discarding the biggest fruits and keep only the one with thin husk and big coconut inside. So our method is well connected to some traditional practices, here in Atiu, Cook Islands. It's pleasant and reassuring, because we did not know the link with traditional practice at the time when we developed this method.