Grenada, the southern most of the Windward Islands, is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean. It covers an area of 344 km² (133 mi²). The state of Grenada consists of three main islands; Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The economy of Grenada is dependent on agriculture and tourism, and while tourism is the main source of foreign exchange, historically, the island has been an agricultural society. Agricultural export products are nutmeg, mace, cocoa, bananas, other fruits, vegetables and fish, while agro-processing is becoming more important. Grenada is the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world and remains a significant producer of mace, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) Strategic Plan 2018-2022
Grenada has been CARDI’s main centre for fruit tree crop research and development activities and germplasm conservation and distribution. This will remain but a greater focus on resolving issues surrounding the soursop industry. A comprehensive programme for the sustainable development of the soursop value chain that targets the export market and potential value added products will be developed and implemented. This will entail value chain analysis, conducting market studies and the development of investment profiles. Performance Trials will be undertaken with a view to improving fertility management and disease management while research and development work will also be undertaken with respect to post-harvest management. Development focus will also be given to hot pepper and cassava as commodities of economic importance with established value chain but requiring intervention with respect to improving coordination and group dynamics among stakeholders.
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CARDI Representative /Agronomist
P.O. Box 270
Phone: (473) 443-5459
Fax: (473) 443-2939