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ECONOMICS OF SOIL MOISTURE CONSERVATION IN COCONUT LANDS USING COCONUT HUSKS AND COIR DUST

Authors:

P. Abeygunawardena ,

LK
About P.
Consultant Agricultural Economist, Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka and Senior
Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
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F. Abeyratne,

About F.
United Nations Development Programme, 202 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri
Lanka.
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M. T. N. Fernando

About M. T. N.
Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka.
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Abstract

Economic feasibility of soil moisture conservation in coconut production using
coconut husks and coir dust was examined in this study. The preliminary data for the
study were collected from two trials conducted by the CRI along with several other
secondary information. The results of the analysis' revealed that calculated Benefit-Cost
ratios and Net Present Values are financially and economically acceptable under all the
scenarios addressed in this study. Three different interest rates, such as 10%, 15%, 18%
and two.effective time periods (viz. six and nine years) were used for the analysis.
Based on the estimated economic parameters, it is concluded that the efforts on moisture
conservation using coconut husks and coir dust in lateritic gravel and sandy soils are
economically viable propositions. As the initial cost of investment is substantial, other
means to overcome the problems of financial constraints in investment may be looked
into.
How to Cite: Abeygunawardena, P., Abeyratne, F. & Fernando, M.T.N., (2010). ECONOMICS OF SOIL MOISTURE CONSERVATION IN COCONUT LANDS USING COCONUT HUSKS AND COIR DUST. COCOS. 10, pp.35–46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v10i0.2136
Published on 28 Jul 2010.
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