Kalinago farmers to benefit from tree crop project

Seedlings to be used in the project

Farmers in the Kalinago Territory are to benefit from a project which seeks to provide a minimum of 5,000 cocoa and 2,000 nutmeg seedlings over a six month period.

The initiative is a collaborative effort between local tour company, Kalinago Tours and a French Foundation in Paris.

“The project is an initiative to assist farmers in bringing back to some productive use, the largely abandoned agricultural lands in the Kalinago Territory and to contribute to the self-empowerment of the residents particularly given the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017 on the community,” according to a release from Kalinago Tours.

The release adds that under the project, cocoa, nutmeg, papaya and other select tree crop seedlings will be distributed to farmers. Select vegetable seedlings will also be made available to farmers during the lifespan of the project.

The seedlings of interest are:

Cabbage – 25,000 seedlings
Lettuce – 25,000 seedlings
Tomato – 20,000 seedlings
Ochro – 10,000 seedlings

The release goes on to state, “Given the very positive response for this project, efforts are already underway with potential stakeholders to further expand this undertaking and to scale-up the impact in the community.”

Interested persons are asked to register with Kalinago Tours by calling 285-0595. Plants will be released based on a first come first served basis after verification of planting locations and will be ongoing until June 2019.

According to the release, the project is fully endorsed by the office of the Kalinago Chief and supported by Dr. Worrel Sanford.

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6 Comments

  1. Karl Orndem
    March 11, 2019

    i believe the Kalinago should be teaching us and showing us these things. go on a positive drive to make clones and propagate seedlings in mass. I myself neds a portion of trees, im not going to wait on the government. Going to do my own thing.

  2. Josh Shaw
    March 10, 2019

    I have noticed that many a time we have received gifts and then boom it ends here. Nobody from the necessary branches assists after with the necessary be technical advice so that these programs can be fruitful. This and many previous programs just die and we have little or nothing to show for them in the future. The people in charge just don’t care.

  3. joe james
    March 8, 2019

    where dose the ministry of agriculture fits in this project

    • Neville
      March 9, 2019

      Not at all. They only support DLP and Skerrit supporters.

  4. joe
    March 8, 2019

    where dose the ministry of agriculture fits in this project

  5. BMB
    March 8, 2019

    Positive steps.

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