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Coconut Pickers

A coconut inside the warehouse of the Lomond Plantation. Coorg, India

A coconut inside the warehouse of the Lomond Plantation. Coorg, India

I just finished reporting a story about the shortage of climbers in Kerala’s coconut industry. The state government is sponsoring a competition to invent a mechanical coconut picker that will solve the labor crisis. A radio version of the story will air on The World, a show co-produced by Public Radio International, WGBH in Boston, and the BBC World Service. I want to write a print piece as well. Know any newspaper or magazine that might be interested? I plan on returning to Kerala to produce a documentary on the subject soon.

UPDATE: The story aired March 3rd, 2010 on The World.

Swami, a worker at the Lomond Plantation, carries a mechanical climbing aid. The climbing devices, which consist of a stell harness, and leg braces fitted with spikes, now allow unskilled workers to climb the trees.

Swami, a worker at the Lomond Plantation, carries a mechanical climbing aid. The climbing devices, which consist of a steel harness and leg braces fitted with spikes, now allow unskilled workers to climb the trees.

3 Responses to “Coconut Pickers”

  1. It looks so real…..fantastic!!! KEEP IT UP. ALL THE BEST TO YOU!!
    – SATHYA

  2. Prithvi says:

    nice!

  3. S says:

    I heard your story yesterday on The World and definitely enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!