Grenada To Halt Raw Nutmeg And Chocolate Exports, Targets Value Addition

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News in brief:
– Prime Minister of Grenada proposes ceasing nutmeg and chocolate exports to prioritise local processing and job creation.
– Inspired by successful models in Ghana and Ivory Coast, Grenada aims to add value to its agricultural products and strengthen its position in the global market.

Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell of Grenada has proposed a significant shift in the country’s agricultural strategy, advocating for the discontinuation of nutmeg and chocolate exports.

Presenting “Vision 75,” a comprehensive roadmap for Grenada’s development, Prime Minister Mitchell emphasised the importance of self-sufficiency in agriculture. He highlighted the need to harness the potential of Grenada’s nutmeg industry for local benefit.

Redefining Grenada’s nutmeg industry

Grenada, known as the “Spice Isle,” has long been renowned for its high-quality nutmegs. However, despite its reputation, Mitchell questioned the economic impact of exporting raw nutmegs, noting the absence of job creation within Grenada.

Hurricane Ivan’s devastation of nutmeg trees dealt a severe blow to Grenada’s nutmeg industry. Yet, Mitchell sees this as an opportunity for transformation rather than setback. He proposes redirecting efforts towards local processing, aiming to add value to Grenada’s nutmeg products.

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Whole inshell nut, cracked and nutmeg powder in a wooden bowl and spoon on old blue rustic background close-up. indian spice. Image Source: NDTV.

A shift towards value addition

Acknowledging Grenada’s inability to compete with major nutmeg producers in terms of volume, Mitchell emphasizes a strategy of value addition. By investing in local processing facilities, Grenada aims to carve a niche in the global market for high-quality nutmeg derivatives.

Drawing inspiration from Ghana and Ivory Coast’s cocoa sector, Mitchell looks to replicate their success in promoting local processing. By reducing exports and prioritising domestic production, Grenada seeks to emulate the achievements of these cocoa-producing giants.

Grenada’s burgeoning chocolate industry, exemplified by the Belmont Estate, serves as a testament to the island’s potential for value-added production. Through sustainable practices and a focus on quality, Grenada aims to further enhance its reputation as a producer of premium chocolate products.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.

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