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Apart from incentives such as free technical advice and seedlings, cocoa growing had some other economic attractions to the farmers. The most attractive aspect was the high and quick per' hectare return (cocoa beans had enjoyed market prices ranging from Rs 10 a kg to Rs 17 per kg till a couple of years ago). Compared to other perennial crops, cocoa starts yielding within a short period of three years. It comes up very well as an inter-crop and requires comparatively low investment. Nearly 80 per cent of the acreage under cocoa in Kerala has cocoa in- terplanted with coconut and arecanut.

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