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Know how to pluck coconuts, go to Trinidad and Tobago
Our T’puram Correspondent

ST Patrick Coconut Growers Society, based in Trinidad and Tobago has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Coconut Development Board for technical collaboration with the Coconut Development Board.

At present, Trinidad and Tobago has a labour exchange programme with Canada for apple picking and is envisaging similar programmes with India to attract Kerala’s coconut palm workers to the country on a six-month contract to work in its coconut palm groves and allied industry.

According to Pranesh Maharaj, Chairman, St Patrick Coconut Growers Society, the government is keen on diversification of the economy and with the current policy of expansion of agriculture sector, there will be increased focus on coconut farming. Trinidad and Tobago face severe labour shortage and the government is trying to attract workers from energy sector to farming.

The current pay for six hours of work of a day is Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD) 150 (` 1,200). Workers from Kerala might be able to earn TTD 2,000-3,000 (` 16,000-` 24,000) a month by working there, said Mr Maharaj.

Opportunities are opening up in Trinidad and Tobago for good pollinators and mechanised coconut climbers from Kerala. Trinidad and Tobago at present produces 48-60 million nuts a year and St Patrick Coconut Growers Society has 150 farmers, who own between 5 acres and 2,000 acres, said T K Jose, Chairman of Coconut Development Board.

“Our trees are aged – often over 80 years and suffer from diseases. We have only limited variety of trees and they currently satisfy only the demand for tender coconut water. We need to tap resources which we don’t have in our country and have looked at the Philippines and Indonesia, besides India, but Coconut Development Board offered us exhaustive information which was well presented and had a clear message,” said Mr Maharaj.

He hopes that the MoU with Coconut Development Board will result in more meaningful tie-ups between India and the Caribbean in coconut farming and allied business.



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