La Reunion Plant Propagating Station
The Agricultural Services Division maintains several germplasm collections at various sites viz the La Reunion Plant Propagation Station, Chaguaramas Agricultural Development Project (CADP), El Carmen, St. Augustine Nurseries, and Marper Farm. The plant genetic resources located at La Reunion include tree crops such as cocoa, avocado, sapodilla, citrus and mango along with many minor and exotic fruits. By conservation of these resources, the station has an important role in the wider strategy of the sector policy for achieving national food security.
Since its inception in 1953, the La Reunion Plant Propagation Station has been charged with the responsibility of supplying high quality planting material to farmers and the wider community. Today, the core function of this station is to propagate mainly cocoa and a small quantity of breadfruit and coffee planting material for use by the farming community and to conserve the germplasm on the station.
- Production of high quality planting material – cocoa, coffee and breadfruit plants.
- Conservation of key germplasm of agricultural importance inclusive of cocoa, coffee and bananas.