Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture is increasing the production of spices on the island with the launch of the Spice Replanting Program for every parish.
During the recent launch in the south-eastern parish of St David, it was announced that the government wants to have 100,000 spices under production in various locations around the island.
Before Hurricane Ivan in 2004, St David cultivated many spices, including nutmeg, cocoa, pimento, cinnamon, sapote, and tonka bean. However, the loss of spice plantations, coupled with poor management of existing fields, resulted in a significant decline.
“St. David is the King of Spice in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. Clove, cinnamon, sapote, tonka bean, and the likes were all known to be produced in St David,” said Adrian Thomas of the Agriculture Ministry.
The project will also introduce new spices to Grenada. Thomas said it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that the ‘Isle of Spice’ standards are maintained.
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