Summary of Information on Coconuts in Coast Province and Proposals for future work.

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1979
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KARI
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Coconuts have been grown at Coast for many centuries and are an integral part of farming patterns in the wetter areas of coast province.They are grown from vanga in South to Malind in the north along the coastal strip,on the coastal plain.Also in the low areas,especially on the islands of lamu archipelago,coconuts are of importance.Further away from the coast coconuts are cultivated again on the coastal range in the Shimba Hills and all through the area from Mazeras,Rabai/Ribe to Chonyi,Rainfall patterns and total rainfall differ somewhat in the various coconut growing areas,Towards and south west(Vanga/Kikineni/Shimba Hills)rainfall figures(1200 mm )are the highest.The number of wet months (100 rain) is 5,followed by 5 moist months (50 to 100 mm rain)and 2 dry months (50mm rain),Further north in the Kilifi/Malindi area rainfall drops to some 1,00mm and the number of wet,moist and dry months are respectively 3,6 and 3 indicating a less conducive climate for coconuts.
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