Agronomy

Coconut Research: A Seismic Divide

In a new report on the global coconut industry, Agronomy Capital Advisors argue that the industry is separating into “well-funded, progressive and vertically integrated agro-industrial coconut producers” and “dispersed smallholder production”.

The report adds that “very small (less than 1 hectare) and widely scattered, subsistence farms across Asia … account for more than 70% of the global coconut crop”. These are ageing and low-yielding estates (the Philippines average yield is less than 4MT/ha) in areas with “near-impossible logistics” and basic local processing facilities.

In comparison, South America - led by innovation and scale in Brazil - benefits from “technologically based farming, with advanced irrigation systems and high yielding varietals, purpose bred for specific product niches” and “a sophisticated modern distribution network”.

Pomeroon Trading is featured on page 55 and one of the report’s authors visited The Stoll Estate (Guyana) as part of an on-going collaboration.

You can download the report in full HERE

Pomeroon Coconuts: 2018 In Pictures

The Pomeroon Coconut Nursery

One of the largest challenges facing the Caribbean coconut sector is supply of good-quality planting material. Pomeroon Trading is changing this.

In December 2017 we began work on the Pomeroon Seedling Nursery – a venture we believe will become the Caribbean’s largest private sector nursery.

The availability of coconut seedlings is one of the key reasons for underperformance in the Guyanese coconut sector so we are tackling this problem at the most fundamental level. Existing estates are often ageing and unproductive: without the right planting materials the industry cannot revitalise.

We are delighted to be partnering with The National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute of Guyana (NAREI), and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). The organisations play critical roles in spreading knowledge amongst smallholder farmers. Their expertise and grassroots engagement in selecting the best seed-nuts from across the Pomeroon will ensure we are growing only the strongest and most productive coconut trees in the coming decades.

Once selected, seed-nuts are classified and graded for quality. Our team plants only the top-tier nuts in our nursery, located at the Stoll Estate. They will grow for 3-6 months in the fertile soil before being transplanted out to the fields where they will blossom into the next generation of mature coconut palms.

For more information, see an article here published by Kaieteur News, Guyana