Coconut Growing Educational Model

Kurunegala District


Ygro operates a Coconut Growing Educational model program in 25 acres situated in the Kurunegala District in the North Western Province of Srilanka


Coconut Research Institute (CRI) and Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB)


This model is managed in close cooperation of Governments Premier institutions for this sector namely the Coconut Research Institute and the Coconut Cultivation Board. These premier institutions consider ygro programs as demonstrable models so that farmers and the neighborhood will engage in better practices of growing Coconut trees and their productivity will increase so that the overall production of the country will increase. This would also contribute to their own livelihoods due to the increase in the value of the sales.

Ygro has also grown coconut saplings for the Government and these saplings have been given to poor villagers in order for them to begin their own home gardens.


The Coconut Growing Program – Shift to Organic


The Plantation has 1441 coconut trees. These coconut trees are taken care by watering, mulching and timely fertilization and are preserved with great care. Currently there is a program to shift from Chemical fertilizer to organic manure and the plan in 2016 is to provide organic manure for 600 Coconut trees.

When the trees reach their maximum life span they are replaced by seedlings, this is also called under planting. A lifespan of a tree is estimated to go up to 60 to 70 years and it can reach up to 80 to 90 feet.

Since 1975 ygro has managed this as an Agricultural program that protects and preserves the environment.

Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka which holds a significant quantity of the agricultural produce in Sri Lanka. Annually the estate produces approximately One hundred thousand plus nuts. This crop brings in a significant income to the Government through exports and helps ygro to pay for some of its expenses.


Future Sustainability


Under-planting of coconut trees is done to replace the old and the nonproductive coconut trees and this is an essential part in the life of coconut management. When this is done systematically by the time the Coconut trees grows for production (4 to 6 Years) the older tree would have perished and the younger trees are there to take its place. Currently we have 960 plants which have been initiated; annually we have been planting 320 trees for the last 3 years.