Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI) Grenada is the Institute’s main centre for fruit tree crop research and development activities and germplasm conservation and distribution. Fruit tree gene bank of 25 accessions of 15 species are maintained for exploitation. These include sapodilla Manilkara achras (Mill.) Fosberg), golden apple (Spondias cytherea L.), West Indian cherry (Malpighia glabra L.), mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco) figs (Ficus carica L.) and cashew nut (Anacardium ocidentaleL.). The dwarfing technology developed for golden apple is one of the major achievements of the Unit. Arrangements are being made to establish on-farm demonstration plot for the transfer of technology. Other research and development areas of the Grenada Unit include activities on papaya and hot peppers. The Unit also provides vegetable nursery services which includes training, technical advice and planting materials.
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