Grenada officials say it has teamed up with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to export soursop to the United States. It is now in the process of putting together a working group of stakeholders to be the governing body for the soursop sector.
“Grenada’s soursop industry has the advantage of being the only country that can export the fruit in its fresh form to the United States and in this regard, the FAO has partnered with the Ministry to ensure that this remains,” said a Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Elvis Morain: “Soursop is one of those unique commodities in the Caribbean that has huge export potential but although the industry is somewhat organised, it is not reaching the potential that it can reach. This effort today is about bringing people together to start the dialogue, because we have a lot of expertise and knowledge in the country but starting a more coordinated effort to develop the industry to kind of reach the potential that it does have is what is needed.”
The authorities said that a Value Chain Coordinating Committee consisting of farmers, exporters, agro-processors, policymakers, and representatives from agri-trade support services recently met with FAO specialist, Bree Romuld. “We are grateful that the FAO has basically held our hands up to this point to get us to look at enhancing the soursop value chain. It is for us now to do our part, and therefore, I challenge the foot soldiers in the industry to take this industry seriously.”
“We cannot continue to take comfort in the fact that, ‘oh, well Grenada is the only country that can export the fresh soursop fruit to the US,” said Morain.