It was good news hearing T&T farmers won the In­ter­na­tion­al Co­coa Awards (ICA) at the 25th edi­tion of Sa­lon du Choco­lat in Paris, France, placing first out 223 entries from 55 countries.

Our cocoa is on the big stage and we must not take this lightly, but seize the opportunity to see bigger things in the future.

Our agriculture industry has huge potential in earning us great revenue; our cocoa is up there with the best in the world. It is up to us to see what is taking place, beginning with those who are in charge, and come up with a workable plan to increase cocoa production in T&T.

Research must be done, finding suitable markets for the product. We must be willing to invest. Our energy sector is not as it was before, and we cannot continue putting all our eggs in one basket. That is very risky.

Let’s get the business sector involved and support local farmers. We are stronger if we work together. The world wants our cocoa, and it’s time we took full advantage of this.

I congratulate those who had the vision to put the product on this stage, advertising it at a different level—a job well done. But it does not end there.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan

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