Trinidad & Tobago will soon be home to the Caribbean’s largest source of locally-grown fresh organic berries. A 12-acre climate-smart hydroponic greenhouse farm located on Cove Estate in Tobago will specialize in fresh organic berries and greens for local consumption, providing a unique opportunity for the commercial production of ‘cold weather’ crops in a Category 5 hurricane resistant tropical setting, with major implications for food security, climate resilience and import substitution.
The initiative, pioneered by Trinidad & Tobago company Berrycove Limited— borne out of a partnership between Anthony N. Sabga Limited, Alquimi Renewables LLC and Island Growers Caribbean— belies not only natural climactic limitations but also the threat of anthropogenic climate change.
Advanced agtech and climate smart protected agriculture provides a solution for the climate-related barriers to growing a variety of organic crops in harsh tropical environments plagued by climate change impacts. The team is exploring potential opportunities to replicate the project across the region, with enormous potential to enhance the food security of environmentally vulnerable Small Island Developing States.
Berrycove and Island Growers Caribbean are evaluating opportunities to build additional farms throughout the region over the next several years.
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