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Make cocoa T&T’s national fruit
Natasha Lee, President of the National 4-H council of T&T, wants cocoa to be named the country’s national fruit.
She said T&T’s rich history with cocoa, which at one time was a key contributor to the economy, makes it is good choice.
Lee explained: “We all have heard the words ‘When cocoa was King’ and yes, it was. We had an entire productive industry based on this crop and today we are trying as hard as possible to get more people, especially young people, back on board when it comes to cocoa production.
“Its time that cocoa be given the recognition it deserves as the national fruit. Trinidad and Tobago cocoa has won many awards and needless to say we have the best cocoa in the world. 4-H is also working in partnership with Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited on a new project that is training members in bringing the bean to the chocolate bar.”
Lee said the workshop, which focused on plant propagation, was aimed at giving 4-H clubs a skill that could help them raise revenue for projects in hard economic times.
“Our voluntary leaders have left today with vital skills of propagating plants, especially budding and grafting skills. This means that groups can produce grafted avocado plants, grafted mango and citrus.
“When we go to the plant shops we see these grafted fruit trees selling at high prices. Avocado plants are selling for as much as $90 a plant. With these new skills clubs now have an avenue to raise revenue and can have annual plant sales if not this year, certainly next year. As we struggle with the realities of the economy we have to be creative when it comes to earning money and saving money through growing our own food,” she said.
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