Field Trip - Trinidad and Tobago

Following the Roundtable meetings, the MALMR invited delegates to an optional field trip on 27 March 2009.

SAFETY ADVICE: Delegates returning to cocoa producing countries need to be aware of the importance of protecting against the spread of pests and diseases. Sanitization guidelines are being provided for participants; those who will attend the field trip will be provided with ‘protective gear’, that is a T-shirt, track pants and cap which will be left in TnT on departure. Disposable ‘booties’ will be provided and are to be worn over shoes, supplemented by footbaths before entering and leaving the cocoa fields in Trinidad and Tobago.

A brochure on the field trip, outlining its agenda and background information on sites to be visited, will be distributed on arrival in Trinidad and Tobago. The trip will include a visit to one of the most important cocoa gene banks in the world (the ICG,T), La Reunion Estate where international and local varietal trials of the CFC project can be observed, as well as fermentation and drying facilities typical to Trinidad and Tobago. The culmination of the field trip will be a grand luncheon consisting of outdoor cooking and picnicking on the scenic grounds of Centeno, at the Central Experiment Station.

 Le MALMR invite les délégués à une visite sur le terrain facultative le lendemain des réunions, 27 mars 2009.

CONSEILS DE SÉCURITÉ : les délégués retournant dans des pays producteurs de cacao doivent être conscients de l’importance de la prévention de la propagation de nuisibles et de maladies. Des recommandations sanitaires sont fournies aux participants ; un « équipement de protection » sera fourni á ceux qui participeront á la visite sur terrain, composé d’un T-shirt, de pantalons de survêtement et d’une casquette qui seront laissés à TnT à leur départ. Des ‘bottes’ jetables seront distribuées pour être enfilées par-dessus les chaussures, et des pédiluves de désinfection seront placés à l’entrée et à la sortie des exploitations de cacao à Trinité-et-Tobago.

Une brochure sur la visite sur le terrain, contenant l’emploi du temps et des informations de fond sur les sites à visiter, sera distribuée à l’arrivée à Trinité-et-Tobago. Lors de cette journée, nous visiterons l’une des plus importantes banques génétiques de cacao du monde (l’ICG,T), le domaine de La Reunion où l’on peut observer des essais de variétés internationales et locales du projet du FC, ainsi que des installations de fermentation et de séchage typiques de Trinitéet-Tobago. Cette visite sur le terrain se terminera par un grand déjeuner avec cuisine et pique-nique en plein air dans le paysage pittoresque de Centeno, à la Station d’expérimentation centrale.

 El MALMR invita a los delegados a participar en una visita de campo opcional el día después de las Reuniones, 27 de marzo de 2009.

CONSEJOS DE SEGURIDAD: Los delegados que volverán a países productores de cacao deben ser conscientes de la importancia de evitar la diseminación de plagas y enfermedades. Se facilitará “ropa protectora” para los participantes en la visita de campo, es decir, camiseta, pantalón de chandal y gorra, que se dejarán en Trinidad y Tabago al salir del país. Se proporcionarán botas de un sólo uso, que se llevarán encima de los zapatos; así mismo, habrá que pasar por recipientes desinfectantes antes de entrar y salir de los campos de cacao de Trinidad y Tabago.

A su llegada a Trinidad y Tabago, se les entregará un folleto sobre la visita de campo, con un programa resumido e información adicional sobre los lugares de visita. Se visitará uno de los bancos genéticos cacaoteros más importantes del mundo (ICG,T), la finca de La Reunión, donde se podrán observar ensayos tanto internacionales como locales de variedades nuevas dentro del proyecto del FCPB, además de sistemas de fermentación y secado típicos de Trinidad y Tabago. Uno de los aspectos más destacados de la visita de campo será el gran almuerzo campestre en el precioso entorno natural de Centeno, en la Estación Experimental Central.

 

The following guidelines have been formulated as a guide to participants attending the Field Trip organized as part of the Second Roundtable Meeting for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy to be held 24-27 March 2009 in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

1. The field trip is proposed to be held on 27 March 2009 to a venue as yet to be decided. Interest has been expressed to visit the International Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad (ICG,T) located at La Reunion, Centeno, North Trinidad. The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources will provide transport to and from the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the various points of interest.

2. The risk of disease spread must be addressed since pests and diseases of cocoa are of varying importance depending on location in the world. For example, in West Africa, cocoa farmers face the potential threat of introduction of Frosty Pod and Witches' Broom diseases from Central and South America. Similarly, with the recent spread of Frosty Pod to East Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago needs to be extremely vigilant.

3. It is to be noted, however, that while the unrestricted global movement of cocoa plant material would provide a potential pathway for the introduction of pests and diseases into various parts of the world, the risk of pest and disease introduction by the movement of people / scientists is much smaller and can be eliminated, if proper precautions are observed.

4. It is therefore advised that simple precautionary procedures be taken to eliminate risk and ensure the safety of all countries concerned. The following precautions are suggested:

  • Persons attending the field trip are asked to ensure that their clothing / footwear etc. is free from infected soil / spores etc. before entering and leaving cocoa fields in Trinidad (clothing must be freshly laundered and both soles and tops of shoes must be meticulously cleaned).
  • Participants are advised to sanitize all clothing/ footwear etc. worn during the field trip before returning to their home country.
  • Attendance at the field trip is strictly optional.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture Land and Marine Resources will ensure that precautionary measures are in place to eliminate the risk of disease spread to all participating countries. Measures that will be taken on the day of the field trip include: chemical footbaths and/ or disposable booties to be placed over shoes, alternative clothing, that is, T-shirts, track pants, cap that may be left in Trinidad after the field trip.
  • The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago assures all participating countries that no tangible threat will be posed to their countries or to our country, if these basic precautionary/sanitization measures are observed.

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