Strengthening Jamaica’s coconut industry

Jamaica is one of ten countries, currently benefitting from the regional Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean project, being funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and CARDI.

 

The Institute has partnered with Coconut Industry Board (CIB), on several initiatives aimed at improving the availability and quality of planting material to farmers. Two sites on opposite ends of the island have been selected for demonstrating good nursery management practices to farmers.

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CARDI Jamaica and the Climate Studies Group, Mona join forces under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience Project

The CARDI office in Jamaica, participated in the University of the West Indies Research Days, from the 7-9th February 2018, at the Mona campus, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

The Research Days is an annual event, which allows the University to highlight its research efforts with its collaborators and various partners. This year’s theme was: “Powering Development through Partnerships in Research and Innovation”.

 

CARDI, in collaboration with the Climate Studies Group at Mona (CSGM), mounted a joint display to outline the partnership under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Project.

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New Zealand funded project positions Jamaica as the regional centre for training in small ruminants

The New Zealand funded Small Ruminant Activity, was an initiative between government of New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and CARDI. The project was launched in 2016 with its major goal being to contribute to the increased production and productivity of the small ruminant sector in CARICOM Member States. Activities were implemented in Jamaica and nine other Caribbean territories.

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Investing in Jamaica’s coconut industry makes economic sense

Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean can benefit from the global resurgence in the demand for fresh and processed coconuts, if the right investments are made to grow and expand the industry. The dynamics in the coconut market offers tremendous opportunity to agribusiness industries in Jamaica and the Caribbean. There are huge opportunities for thousands of smallholder farmers to raise incomes and profitability by connecting them to local, regional and international value chains.

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Updating regional coconut water safety standards

Updating coconut water quality and safety standards will positively impact on public health and trade

 

The demand for fresh and packaged coconut water across the region is rapidly increasing. However, there are growing concerns about the quality of coconut water sold by retailers to CARICOM consumers. Recent independent assessments of coconut water indicate the quality and safety of coconut water may indeed be compromised, impacting on public health and trade.

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CARDI set to roll out a stock feed project

 

Large tracts of the Intermediate savannahs are being opened for new agriculture investments

(photo courtesy: www. guyanachronicle.com)

 

CARDI will soon begin developing just over 2,000 hectares of land in the Intermediate Savannahs of Region 10, Guyana. The land which has been granted by the Government of Guyana to CARDI will be used to produce forages, rice, corn and other crops, for processing into animal feed. The feed produced from this venture will cater to the needs of local farmers in the first instance and later exported to meet the needs of livestock farmers across the CARICOM.

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