The 12th Caribbean Week of Agriculture will today, among other sessions, focus on the “Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean- Towards a Shared Vision and Road Map”.
You can listen to a live audio/radio webcast on www.demwaves.com or www.caribnewsdesk.com
Welcome Remarks Dr. Arlington Chesney, CARDI Trinidad
Remarks- Ambassador Robert Kopecky, Head of Delegation of the European Union
Setting the Scene- Mr Michael Hailu, Director of CTA
Development of the Coconut Industry in the Caribbean: Lessons from a Regional Study- Dr. Ranjit Singh, Lead Consultant and Senior Lecturer UWI (Trinidad) and Dr. Simon Eden-Green, Lead Consultant and Plant Health Specialist in Coconuts, United Kingdom
Feature Address: Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture
TECHNICAL SESSION 1:
Challenges and Opportunities penetrating Local, Regional and International Markets- Jose Antonio Flaquer, Coconut Cluster, Junta Agroempresarial Dominica Inc. Dominican Republic
Research and Development Requirements for Higher Value Coconut Products: Nutraceuticals and Cosmetics- Professor Wayne Mc Laughlin, University of the West Indies (Jamaica)
Guided Discussion: Issues and Gaps: Is there sufficient market intelligence and opportunity at national, regional and international level on existing and new markets for Caribbean coconut products to spur growth. What is assured and what needs to be done?
TECHNICAL SESSION 2
Challenges of Coconut Pests and Diseases for the Caribbean Region- Dr. Simon Eden-Green ECG Consulting, United Kingdom
What is presently being done and what has been achieved in managing pest and disease?
Status Report on Biological Control of Red Palm Mite- Farzan Hosein, Ministry of Food Production of Trinidad and Tobago
Managing Lethal Yellowing- Experience from Jamaica (Black’s Method) Dr Wayne Myrie, Coconut Industry Board of Jamaica
Red Ring Management: Trinidad Strategy- Mr. Assim Dilbar, Ministry of Food Production, Trinidad and Tobago
Current Status of the Coconut Industry in Fiji: Lessons for Caribbean Countries- Vatimi Rayalu, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji
Phased Rehabilitation vs New Cultivations or Both- What is being done?
– Revillio Vriesde, Suriname’s Agriculture Research Institute
– Ricardo Monteror, Belize’s Textel Agrocultural Investment Limited
ENSURING ACCESS TO IMPROVED GENETIC RESOURCES
Facilitating Cross Border Movement of Improved Genetic Resources- Everton Hunte, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management and Representative of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum
Guided Discussion: Issues and Gaps: Is there sufficient technical expertise at national, regional and international level to enhance production.