This document gives a ROAD MAP for developing the Grenada Nutmeg Industry and the GCNA.
It is my hope that the “Powers that be” use their Technical Staff to constructively criticize and Analyze the thoughts put forward or proffered forth in this document. Please note that I am available 24/7 to expand on any area or areas that wet your appetite at the following address :- parrisg@spiceisle .com; 473-442-7330 ; 456-2068; and/ or 419-8028. Please also note that I am willing to Champion any area or areas of interest.
The Road Map includes what has to be done starting NOW in 2015 and going forward as follows:-
(1). Ownership of the GCNA
(2). Setting up a Limited Liability Company to COMMERCIALIZE the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA);
(3). Setting up a true Food Plant to Grind and Package ALL spices including “Grenada Nutmegs” & mace and other dry ingredients;
(4). Setting up a Joint venture for our Grenada nutmeg oil production with the West India Spice Company;
(5). Setting up a Joint venture relationship with the Grenada Nutmeg Cluster to manufacture Nutmeg Pericarp products;
(6). Real Estate – for-
(a) Converting the Gouyave Processing Station & the Grenville Receiving Station to be Food grade
(b) Addressing Solar Drying for drying mace and drying/curing Food
grade Grenada nutmegs;
(c)Addressing the multi-million Dollar Lagoon Road Complex
(d) Addressing the Jubilee Street in Grenville now virtually owned by a Tenant
(e) The Moon Shadow park accreted land and the Bus Terminal at Grenville
(f) The other 18 or so properties of GCNA
(7). The marketing and sales of value added Nutmegs – ground, prepackaged Pacs, etc
(8). Modernizing the 1947 Grenada Nutmeg Act
(9) Making the Grenada Nutmeg part of the Education Program and the livelihood of Grenada ;
Now the Details
(1). Ownership of the GCNA Assets.
We, the members of GCNA must own GCNA and its ASSETS.
Capitalisation and how the ownership Instruments would be distributed to individual members would come later.
Ownership of GCNA ASSETS can be done like when as Chairman of the Marketing Board (MNIB), I got the MNIB to own the land bounded on one side by “Foodland” on Lagoon Road by working with the Government
Attorney General Mr. Errol Thomas and Attorney John of Hudson-Phillips to obtain the papers for the Land by means of the Vesting Act rather than the Conveyancing ACT. It is SIMPLE.
Setting Up Limited Liability Company owned by GCNA running separately of GCNA to make MONEY for GCNA Members. This Company should have private sector Businessmen as its Directors to make Commercial decisions.
Some of this company’s actions are:
* SETTING UP A FOOD PLANT TO GRIND & PACKAGE ALL SPICES AND OTHER DRY FOODS. This plant could easily be set up by modifying and improving the BCN (Broken and Clean) plant now located at Lagoon Road now linked with Mr. Martin Williams, a former employee of the GCNA, to grind & package Nutmegs.
Soon No Nutmegs will be exported in Crocus bags. All the Hotels, Restaurants, Bakeries and Businesses in Grenada and the Caribbean would be supplied with Food Grade Ground Nutmegs & Mace packed in small Bulk Containers as required.
The various Spice Traders for the Tourism trade would be supplied
with Food grade ground products such as Ground nutmegs & Mace, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Ground Bois den/Bay leaf etc. from this new Plant.
Whole Nutmegs and other small packs of Ground dry products would be professionally packaged in that plant. The earnings from these value added products will be passed back to the GCNA.
Setting up a Joint Venture Operation with West India Spice Ltd, to produce Grenada Nutmeg Oil, etc.
Dr. Reginald Buckmire