Monday, November 23, 2015. BMG: A project named “Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean”, being financed by the European Union (EU), is being implemented in nine selected countries, namely: Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, which are all members of CARIFORUM.
This project, being implemented through the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), aims to enhance the competitiveness of small-scale coconut farmers by identifying market opportunities and has been welcomed by stakeholders because of its potential to improve income, employment opportunities, food security, and the overall development of the Caribbean coconut sector.
Running for four years, the project will, in the future, train farmers in various coconut production technologies and is already bringing scientists to Belize, who are currently meeting with key stakeholders in the coconut industry and collecting relevant information for a database that will benefit all coconut stakeholders in the region.
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