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


Partnership Agreement signed by CARDI/Hope Coconut Estate for production of high-quality coconut seedlings

Officials at the signing ceremony. Centre, standing, is Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, the Hon. Noel Holder
Officials at the signing ceremony. Centre, standing, is Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, the Hon. Noel Holder

The revitalisation of the Coconut Industry is paramount and remains on the top of Guyana Government’s developmental agenda for the industry. As such, efforts are being made to ensure the development of the industry by making available quality seedlings to farmers’.

Agriculture Minister, Hon. Noel Holder, facilitated a Partnership Agreement between the Hope Coconut Industries Limited (HCIL) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (CARDI) today for the expansion of the Coconut Nursery at Hope Estate. The Agreement which was signed in the Boardroom of the Ministry of Agriculture by CARDI’S Representative (Guyana), Dr. Cyril Roberts and Hope Estate’s General Manager, Mr. Rickey Roopchand, will cater for the production of 50,000 seedlings in the first year.

Read more at: Government Information Agency

CARDI to assist coconut processor groups in Guyana

(Photo via Kaieteur News)
(Photo via Kaieteur News)

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is collaborating with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to host a two-day training workshop on group strengthening for processors working in Guyana’s coconut industry.

The training will specifically target small scale processors involved in the development of coconut-based value added products. Participants will be exposed to group strengthening activities such as trust and governance and will learn about marketing opportunities and financial management.

The overarching goal of the workshop is to strengthen small scale processor groups so as to increase their competitiveness ultimately leading to the development of an export oriented agri-processing sector.

Executive Director of CARDI, Barton Clarke, said that a similar workshop will be held in Suriname during March. There have been others in Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Read more at: Kaieteur News

Overseas assistance to help grow Guyana coconut industry

Guyana’s coconut industry is expected to expand significantly in 2017. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently engaged with its counterparts in Mexico and Brazil to acquire elite planting materials to sustain the growth in the local industry.

Coconut and coconut-based food and by products gained prominence in Guyana during 2016.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, Dr. Oudho Homenauth, said that coconut is a major non-traditional export crop which brought in approximately $5M US in revenue over the past five years.

Read more at: Government Information Agency