St. Vincent and the Grenadines joins with all Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI) offices across the region today in celebrating CARDI Day under the theme “Celebrating the potential of the region’s coconut industry.”

The date holds special meaning as it is on December 5, 1975 that Caribbean government representatives met in Georgetown, Guyana, to sign the agreement establishing the Institute.

Annually, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute observes ‘CARDI Day’ by means of various activities with the objective of increasing awareness of the research and development works being done.

This year the focus is on highlighting the Institute’s work under the EU – ACP funded Regional Coconut Industry Development Project.

In the last four years, the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute has been implementing a major regional project, working alongside the International Trade Center and stakeholders along the coconut value chain to transition the region’s small-scale operations to enterprise-level profitability in the global coconut industry.

Today, CARDI in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour is hosting an exhibition with the focus on coconuts and coconut products.

The exhibition is taking place at the Parking lot between the Ministry of Health and the Audit Department and runs until 3:00pm.

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