Minor Spices Herb and Garden Rehabilitation
Minor Spices Herb and Garden Rehabilitation
Minor Spices Co-operative (MSC) began operations in 1971 following the initiative of the Grenada Christian Council which purchased and sold unprocessed (raw) minor spices material from farmers within the State of Grenada. The Board of directors took the initiative to market spices on behalf of its membership which comprised a total of 3000 farmers. These spices include pimento, (Pimenta dioica), cinnamon (Cinamomum zeylanicum), cloves (Syzygium aromaticum), turmeric (Curcuma longa), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Vanilla bean (Vanilla planifolia). Cocoa and Nutmeg production was in high production during the sixties and seventies prior the establishment of the processing plant and tourist attraction and walking trails. At present there’s just a few cocoa and nutmeg trees standing as specimen for interpretation whenever tours are conducted. The main focus at the site is the production of raw materials into value-added products, its minimalistic herbal garden and physical therapeutic and recreational loop trails.
In 1987, a study was done of the domestic market by the Caribbean Applied Technology Limited (CATL) to better understand customer’s demand and the viability of the product. Coming of study’s findings some general recommendations were made with the aim of strengthening the co-operative market position with the following imperative goals in mind:

1. Increase production of value added products for local, regional and international consumption at retail, commercial, and other industrial usage
2. promote use of spices to locals and visitors through aggressive marketing/advertising, consumer education and gift packaging
3. Broadening the range of products offered by complementing the spices grown in Grenada and those imported.
4. Establish production a unique spice product with a Laura Minor Spice brand.


The goal of the project is to provide visitors and locals alike with an educational nature tour in a tranquil and peaceful eco-tourism setting; providing them with an opportunity to explore and experience a variety of natural (indigenous and exotic plants) resources within a healthy, friendly and safe environmental landscape and developing a world renowned nature trail services that meets or exceeds international standards thereby generating direct and indirect employment opportunities; for rural poor thereby contributing to poverty alleviation (reduction).”

The objectives are as follows

Redesign and upgrade the existing trail and herbal and spice garden to meet international standards aimed at provide a wow feeling and a greater educational experience for all visitors.

Rehabilitate the nature trail surface and physical infrastructure (e.g. safety-hand rails, rest benches etc.), reproduce all directional signage and plant labels to meet international standards

rehabilitate the current nature trail surface, including physical infrastructure and relocate and expand existing plant (Greenhouse) nursery to facilitate to offer greater educational and employment opportunities for the rural poor.

Design appropriate signage in braille following international standards.

utilize renewable energy to dry spices

 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Minor Spices Co-operative Marketing Society Ltd
Country:
Grenada
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 26,485.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,481.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,703.00
Project Number:
GRD/SGP/OP5/Y4/STAR/CC/16/13
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

Laura
St.David's ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Kadijah Paula Edwards
Phone:
14734201540
Email:
Ms Akarda Ventour
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 3486
St. George's