• Short Summary

    COCONUT HARVEST IS IN FULL SWING IN THE PLANTATIONS OF EASTERN MALAYA. STANDING UP TO?

  • Description

    COCONUT HARVEST IS IN FULL SWING IN THE PLANTATIONS OF EASTERN MALAYA. STANDING UP TO A HUNDRED FEET HIGH, THE COCONUT PALMS ARE CONSIDERED TOO DANGEROUS FOR A MAN TO CLIMB...SO THE LOCALS HAVE TRAINED MONKIES TO DO THE JOB FOR THEM.

    THE COAST-LINE BORDERING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA PRODUCES MOST OF MALAYA'S COPRA. HARVESTING IS CARRIED OUT EVERY TWO MONTHS.

    THE MONKIES ARE CAPTURED AT AN EARLY AGE AND TRAINED BY A SPECIAL GROUP OF MEN...FOR A PRICE. IT TAKES FROM THREE TO SIX MONTHS AND AT THE END OF THAT TIME THE MONKEY IS SOLD FOR ABOUT 20 POUNDS (150 MALAYSIAN DOLLARS).

    BUT FOR THE BUYER ITS A GOOD PURCHASE. THE AVERAGE WORKING LIFE OF THE MONKEY IS ABOUT 18 YEARS. A WELL TRAINED MONKEY WILL PICK BETWEEN 300 AND 400 COCONUTS A DAY. HIS OWNER EARNS ABOUT 9 SHILLINGS (5 MALAYSIAN DOLLARS) FOR EACH HUNDRED COCONUTS.

    THE MONKEY IS TRAINED TO OBEY TUGS ON A ROPE APPLIED BY HIS OWNER STANDING BENEATH THE TREE. THE PRIMATE IS ALSO TRAINED TO PICK ONLY THE MATURE COCONUTS AND SWING FROM TREE TO TREE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8E3I2XH7VG833I2PLA0QQ0BNN
    Media URN:
    VLVA8E3I2XH7VG833I2PLA0QQ0BNN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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