Monday, Mar 18, 2019

Coconut workshop

Coconut workshop
16 Apr

Recognising the potential of the coconut to be a multi-million dollar industry, stakeholders have moved to address some of the immediate health concerns.

To this end a workshop has been held for one of the key players in the industry.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture for coconut vendors.

Deputy chief agricultural officer, Leslie Brereton says there is significant potential in the coconut industry.

But even as industry players consider further exploitation of the coconut, there are some issues that need to be addressed.

This is acknowledged by the National Coconut Stakeholder Platform, an organisation formed to develop the local industry

Patrice Stoute is the deputy chairman.

Outlining some of the specific challenges is, Richard Bourne, senior environmental health officer.

He tells the participants there are five keys to food safety, one of which is keeping clean.

Also on board assisting with the training is the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI).

Local representative Ansari Hosein says they want to ensure players have the entire value chain in mind, from growing to picking, marketing and even finance, among other aspects.

While this workshop targeted the coconut vendors, more sessions are expected to be held for other players in the industry.

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