A 14 branches coconut palm from Maalhos island, Baa, in Maldives

A picture from Afrah Mohamed

This palm is producing green fruits.

According to Eydhafushi times (June, 22, 2015) traders from three islands of Baa atoll said that every day more than 1,000 young coconuts (locally known as ‘kurumba’) is sold to some islands of the atoll and to the federal capital Male’. Kendhoo, Kamadhoo and Maalhos, which grows coconut palms, exported 300 to 500 young coconuts during the past three days to the atoll and Male’. Traders said that the price of a young coconut in Baa atoll’s capital island Eydhafushi currently stand at more than MVR 15 (USD 1).

A trader from Maalhos predicted that around 500 young coconuts can be produced daily from the island during the first 10 days of Ramadan which is underway. However, supplies are expected to drop after that, he said. Farmers from Kamadhoo and Kendhoo said that though the price can be sustained, the supply will decrease during the latter days of the Islamic fasting month.