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TRINIDAD and Tobago could benefit “substantially” from the revitalization of the coconut industry, as global demand increases for its products.

So said Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land, and Fisheries (MALF), Avinash Singh, on Wednesday while addressing a coconut sensitization workshop hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and held in collaboration with the ministry.

Singh said T&T “stands to benefit substantially from the sustainable revitalization of the coconut industry, the products, and by-products of which have increased in demand and continue to attract a favorable price globally”.

The workshop, held at the Sugarcane Feeds Centre in Longdenville, Chaguanas, focused on “Lethal Yellowing” and improved integrated pest management methods for managing the South American palm weevil.

Singh said local coconut production was one of the commodities targeted for development by the MALF, noting a resurgence of the sector worldwide and growing demand for its products and by-products.

See the entire article at: Trinidad Express