Dominica is among nine Caribbean countries in which a Coconut Industry Development project for the Caribbean will be executed.
The project is financed by the European Union, and is being executed by the Geneva based International Trade Center (ICT) through the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI).
According to a release, the project is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of small-scale coconut farmers by identifying market opportunities, creating synergies between national and regional programs, and enhancing access to advisory services for improved coconut production.
CARDI scientists are presently on island to train coconut stakeholders: producers, officers of the Division of Agriculture, technicians and others, in the Production of Quality Coconut Planting Material, as an initial action among other activities, which will be undertaken over the four-year project period.
In that regard, a one-day workshop carded for Friday 22nd January 2016 will be held at the Fort Young Hotel, and will include two detailed presentations; one by project consultant Evans Ramkhelawan and the other by an officer of the DoA Extension services; it will also include group sessions and reporting.
This project will also be implemented in Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.