More than 450 tissue cultured coconut plantlets arrived at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI)’s Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD)’s head office this week from Mexico

The varieties include Mexican Pacific Tall, Vanuatu Tall, Markham Valley Tall and Pilipog Green Dwarf. They are currently being monitored in the Green House.

The plantlets were donated by the Investigative Centre of Yucatan (CICY) as part of our staff, Analeesa Skeete’s thesis for her Master Degree Programme in Biological Sciences.

According to Skeete, the new varieties are resistant to the lethal yellowing, one of the most fatal diseases that attack coconut palms. An evaluation of the plants will be done to see how well they adapt to Guyana’s climate.

Farmers will subsequently be introduced to the new varieties at a demonstration farm where they can examine the nuts’ size, taste and quality. These new varieties are good for both water and coconut oil.