Listen to the Live Webcast of workshop on Caribbean’s Coconut Industry

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

The opening of the

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 or

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

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?


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


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.