DRYING COCONUTS (COPRA) ON TRAYS.
It was in La Laguna Province that I first met hempa s great rival in formidable array. When you stop to consider the number of coco palms it takes to produce 300,000,000 pounds of dried coconuts in a year, you know why the Filipino calls this a The Land of the Palm.a
Scientists have never been able to agree as to the country from which this most graceful and useful of palms started on its journey round the world. Some say Asia was its birthplace ; others claim America. a A tropical isle in a Southern seaa is a compromise location, from whence it may have been distributed by ocean currents. It seems to have found a congenial home in the Philippines, where it is of many varieties. In the southern islands there is a kind with a sweet, watery husk which is chewed by the natives like sugar cane.
This coco palm is a real a meal-ticketa to the Filipino, for with two or three acres in coconuts, he is fairly sure of from $50 to $70 a year from each acre. Roughly estimated, each palm produces about one dollara s worth annually.