Paul Best (left) and students of the Samuel Packman Prescod Institute of Technology in the coconut nursery at CARDI, Graeme Hall, looking over some of the hundreds of coconut plant seedlings brought in from Brazil for distibution to local farmers. They are to enhance the variety of coconut strains, local production and ultimately the quality of coconut water available in Barbados. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)
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Registration of coconut vendors as well as dedicated areas for them to ply their trade, could be on the cards if recommendations of the National Coconut Stakeholders Platform (NCSP) are accepted.
Chairman of the relatively new organisation of coconut vendors and farmers, Michael Gill, said the suggestions had been advanced by the body representing the growing number of people involved, to bring a measure of regulation and organisation to the business of coconut vending.
“I think all of the vendors should be licensed; all of them should have a registration number; the number should be visible at their location where they are doing trade,” Gill said at the Graeme Hall, Christ Church headquarters of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) on Wednesday, during celebrations marking CARDI Day 2018.
He also suggested vendors offering their goods to the public, especially in light of Barbados’ thriving tourism industry, should be subjected to health regulations. “I think the Ministry of Health are the people who are going to have the job of instilling what is correct and what is not acceptable.” (GC)
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