OECS countries put on a good show for CARDI Day

CARDI Representative Andrea Veira hosts a Q & A on coconuts for students attending CARDI Day celebrations in St Lucia

 

The central theme for St Lucia’s CARDI Day celebrations was knowledge sharing. Students and extension officers participated in a seminar on Coconut production and coconut nursery establishment at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. A second seminar targeting farmers focused on topics such as Establishing Coconut Nursery, Integrated Pest Management of Coconuts, Coconut germplasm and intercropping.

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Guyana demonstrates value added opportunities along the coconut value chain

CARDI Representative Guyana, Dr Cyril Roberts presents Gabriell Williams with the CARDI Award for Outstanding Performance in Agriculture Science at the CARDI Day celebrations

 

Participants at the CARDI Day celebrations in Linden, Guyana received a first-hand view of some of the lucrative value added products that can be derived from coconuts. CARDI Guyana partnered with one of the project’s Lead farmer/processor to demonstrate the production of virgin coconut oil and handmade soaps using natural plant based oils and local ingredients. De Souza who has been manufacturing soaps since 2016, has received technical advice for developing his factory and training in food safety, handling and packaging, under the project. He will soon begin to put to use the knowledge gained to upgrade his facility and improve his post production processes. (more…)

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