All CARDI offices across the region will be celebrating CARDI Day under the theme “Celebrating the potential of the region’s or coconut industry” today, Wednesday 5 December, 2018. CARDI stands for Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute
The date holds special meaning as it is on 5 December 1974 that the Caribbean government representatives met in Georgetown, Guyana to sign the agreement establishing the Institute.
This year the focus will be on highlighting the Institute’s work under the EU – ACP (European Union – African, Caribbean and Pacific) funded Regional Coconut Industry Development Project, through a series of exhibitions, workshops, public lectures and school tours participants will see first-hand some of the practical ways that the project is breathing new life into one of the region’s oldest industries.
Worldwide, a growing demand for fresh coconut produce is being driven by recent trends in the global food and beverage sector and the health and beauty markets.
CARDI is working alongside a number of stakeholders in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago to help other farmers benefit from the window of opportunity created by an upsurge in global demand.
In Dominica the capacities of 129 persons along the value chain have been enhanced in the production of quality coconut planting material, coconut production technology, and development and processing of coconut niche products, entomological risk mitigation and group/cluster development and strengthening.