HCMC turns down plan to plant coconut trees on its streets

By Tan Phu, Thanh Nien News

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Coconut trees line a street in Binh Quoi, HCMC Coconut trees line a street in Binh Quoi, HCMC


Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities on Thursday officially rejected a proposal by the Vietnam Coconut Association to plant coconut trees along new streets and canals.
The transport department said the decision was made after consultations with scientists.
It said coconut trees are not suitable for urban streets as they are not shadowy, and falling coconuts and branches may pose risks to road users.
Scientists also noted that coconut trees should not be planted in easily-flooded streets like in HCMC, and the spraying of pesticides against coconut worms would affect city dwellers.
Last month, the Vietnam Coconut Association proposed planting coconut trees along new streets and canals, saying they would create scenic landscapes redolent of the southern culture, which will promote tourism.
According to the association, the palm’s fibrous root system also absorbs surface water to replenish the dwindling groundwater and reduce flooding, a serious problem in the city.
The trees, which bears 60-80 fruits each a year, can be leased out to save costs, and processing coconut products can create jobs, it said.

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