CARDI continues to play vital role in agricultural industries in Caribbean

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 05, 2017 (SKNIS): Minister of Agriculture of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, commended the Caribbean Agriculture Research Development Institute (CARDI) for its support and outlined some of the key accomplishments the institute has brought to the agricultural sectors throughout the Caribbean.

Minister Hamilton said that CARDI has been instrumental in assisting with facilitation of inter-regional agricultural trade and transport, strengthening of the regional cooperation between the islands, assisting regional bodies in finding resources to support agriculture, evaluating investment opportunities and sharing market intelligence over the past 44 years.

“Today I would say that CARDI has achieved. The science that goes into the production of agricultural products in the region has been driven primarily by CARDI,” said Minister Hamilton at a CARDI Day Conference held on 5 December at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The minister stated that in light of the recent devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the strengths and weaknesses of the agricultural sector must be evaluated to determine available opportunities and solutions. (more…)

Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

Coconut heaven

Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.

The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the European Union. It was aimed at improving income and employment opportunities, food security, and overall competitiveness of the Caribbean coconut sector.

Participating countries in the project include Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Suriname, among others in the region.

According to CARDI country representative for Jamaica Dr Gregory Robin, Jamaica has the most organised coconut industry board in the region and so a partnership was developed with the local Coconut Industry Board, which had established a national stakeholder platform that addresses all the issues along the value chain, from production to the manufacturing of coconut water, oils and soaps.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer


No shortage of coconuts, as Caribbean coconut water increases- CARDI boss


GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Demerara Waves – As the demand across the Caribbean grows for bottled coconut water, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Barton Clarke says the major challenge would be sufficient planting material.

“The major constraint is going to be adequate amount of appropriate planting material given that we have to treat with three or four major international pests and diseases which attend on coconut,” he told a news conference at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture being held in the Cayman Islands.

At the same time, he did not forecast any shortage of coconuts due to increased private sector interest in investing in coconuts in several countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, and Belize.

“Our numbers are showing that we have moved significantly and there has been an increase in coconut production by 20 to 30 percent. We are not running out of coconuts,” he said. (more…)

CARICOM SG tours farm during Caribbean Week of Agriculture



CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) joined the Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin (2nd right) on a tour of the CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) Research field on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Tuesday.  They were accompanied by Cayman Islands Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sport Mr. Ossie Bodden (2nd left) and CARDI officials.

CARICOM SG, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre) and Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin (right) also visited a modern high tech health facility in the Cayman Islands. Here they speak to Dr. Ravi Kishore.

The Secretary-General   will address the official Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) at the Westin Grand Cayman Hotel, Cayman Islands tomorrow.   This year’s CWA is being held under the theme `Investing in Food and Agriculture’.  Participants have been drawn from across the Region as well as Brazil, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samao, Tonga and the Netherlands.

CARDI was established by CARICOM Heads of Government in 1975 to serve the agricultural research and development needs of  Member Countries.   It strives to improve the quality of lives of Caribbean people through  agricultural research and innovation without compromising biodiversity, biosafety, environment sustainability, and human health.