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Re-developing a Competitive Citrus Industry in Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Govind Seepersad

On 11 December 2012, RDI Fund Project Team Leader, Dr. Govind Seepersad hosted a Citrus Workshop at the Rudranath Capaldeo Centre, Mc Bean Couva. Organized through the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, the Workshop aimed to educate, stimulate and inform all stakeholders about the project initiatives to re-develop the Citrus Industry of Trinidad and Tobago.

The research project, funded through the UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact Fund, captured an audience of over 200 participants which included farmers, processors, marketing agencies, agriculture curriculum teachers, researchers, UWI students and extension institutions. It was also an opportunity for networking and cooperation between the project team and its key stakeholders.

Among the distinguished speakers at the Workshop were Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI, St. Augustine; Mr. Ian Rampersad, Director of Agricultural Services; Mr. Don Fletch, CEO of Bare Fruit Ltd; Dr. Floyd Homer, Todds Road Citrus Farmers Association and Dr. Khalel Mohoyodeen, Expert Citrus Agronomist.

The Workshop served as a platform for highlighting the constant demand for quality fruits and juices in a highly competitive agricultural market; and the open discussions also allowed participants to address concerns affecting citrus production in Trinidad and Tobago on a local, regional and international scale.

Thus, as research progresses over the coming months, this project is expected to produce a new and sustainable agronomic model for the revitalization of the Citrus Industry of Trinidad and Tobago.