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For The Week Ending September 25th 1976
GRENADIAN LOTTERY TiCKETS GO ON 8AJB
The world's newest international lottery operator will put 106,000
tickets on sale commencing November Iat. In an exclusive
interview thia week (on 23rd), this disclosure was made by Mr Robert
E Hunt, Managing Director of The Grenadian Company, the organization
which has been given an exclusive 99-year lottery franchise by the
Government of Grenada.
However, these tickets valued at US$500.00 each will not be
available on street corners or from vendors in the usual way. "we
are not distributing tickets until they are paid for", said Mr Hunt,
"and even when paid for, we are not encouraging the distribution of
tickets. We have an application form to which the purchaser
attaches his cbeque and transmits it to us through the salesman or
direct. We send the purchaser a confirmation letter assigning a
number and ask whether he would like the ticket mailed to him at his
risk or kept in safe-keeping in Grenada."
According to the terms of the Licence granted by the Government of
Grenada on March 25th last, the lottery tickets may not be sold in
Grenada and, by its own choice, The Grenadian Company is not setting
up any sales force or advertising geared to the Caribbean. "But",
said the Managing Director, "if somebody in Port of Spain or any of
the islands sends an application form for a ticket, it will be issued".
As Managing Director of The Grenadian Company, Mr Hunt was optimistic
about the success of the lottery. "Our projections tell us", he
said, "that with the marketing ability that we believe we have, with
the sales force we have organised, and based also on the experience
of other lotteries of comparable dollar value, our projections show
that, within two years, we can build this to US$50 million gross
receipts a year."
In this exclusive interview, Mr Hunt gave information relative to
the financing of The Grenadian Company, the lottery prizes, sales
organisation and the distribution of profits, which, according to
the structure of the Company, go mainly to charity. Mr Hunt
-Kswepafi the philosophy of the Company.
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"What we have done", he said, "is use the person (nn+tire, profit
motive, the best means of commercial enterprise known to man today.
Promotion, go like hell at it, motivate salesmen, give investors a
fair return on their investment, use all the canons of responsive
capitalism to produce profit, thea take the profit and give it to
Full details of the interview with Mr Hunt will be given in NEWBLETTER
FOOD PLAN EXPLAINED
At-a meeting held at the Extra-Mural Centre of the University of the
West Indies (Marryshow House) oan Siday (24th), Mr Jones palagia
Maderia, well-known Caribbean broadcaster now attached to the
CARICOK Secretariat, outlined the philosophy and objectives of the
Caribbean Food Plan.
The meeting, which was presided over by the Minister for Agriculture,
the Hon. Oliver Raeburn, was attended by a representative cross
section of persons connected with or interested in Grenada's
Agricultural Industry, and arrangements have been made for Mr Madeira
to hold separate discussions with several of these persons and the
organisation they represent.
MrUiadoira told the meeting that the Working party on Food Production
has identified eleven project areas for early consideration by
the proposed Caribbean Food Corporation. In one of these project
areas, Grenada ia specifically mentioned, and this is in the
processing and marketing of spices. In this project, Dominica
and Jamaica are also included.
Guyana is designated exclusively for two of the projects, (a) the
production of corn and acyabean end (b) dairying and dairy products,
and Barbados and the Less Developed CARICOM countries have been
allocated for the production, processing and marketing of peanuts.
Other project areas which have not been identified with any specific
territory are the catching, processing and marketing of fish, the
production of seed and other propagating materials, the marketing
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and processing of fruit and vegetables, the production of meat and
meat products (excluding poultry and pork but including sheep and
goats), the production of hatching eggs for the regional poultry
industry and the use of essential oils as a basis for a regional
Also included as a "project area" is the bulk purchase and marketing
of agricultural chemeinsl, including fertilizers.
In his address, Ur Madiera pointed out the need to have every sector
of the community involved in the Caribbean Food Plan and,
particularly, to make direct contact with the farmer in order that
the Plan may be tailored to meet his needs. Mr Madiera also spoke
of the problem which the Successful implementation of the Plan faces
because of the attitude of youth towards working on the land, and he
thought there was need to restructure the syllabus in schools "to
create an appreciation of how important it is to feed one's self."
Mr uadiera gave some details of what he called the "subsidiaries of
the Regional Food Plan. "The region imports large quantities of
corn and soybeans for the livestock feed industry", he said, "and it
has been found that large scale production of these crops is feasible
in Guyana and Belize, and there are plans to locate corn and soyabear
projects in those countries." Mr Madiers disclosed that the
Guyana project is being established as a Company by the Governments
of Guyana, St.Kitts-Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago with both government
and Caribbean Development Bank financing. This Company, which was
established in November 1975, will cultivate 12,000 acres of corn,
soybean and black-eye peas.
The Belize project is being considered by Jamaica and Belize, and it
envisages cultivation of 7,500 acres of corn, soybean and red
Referring to the Regional Livestock Complex, Mr Madeira said the
CARICOM region had imported EC$173 million worth of livestock
products in 1973, and it was estimated this figure would rise to
approximately EC$1,000 million by 1980. This was the basis on
which the Livestock Complex was being designed and the capital
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investment needed would approximate EC0620 million.
This Complex which is to be implemented over 10 years will be
established on some 526 thousand acres of land, 17,000 farm workers
will be employed and it will require 105,000 tons of fertilizer, of
which 79,000 tonse will be Sulphate of Ammonig and 26,000 tons,
Projections indicate that the Livestock Complex programme will produce
enough milk and milk products to replace the 1973 levels of imports
and will exceed the 1973 import levels of beef imports. The
programme will meet all the 1950 regional demand for pork and pork
products, hatching and table eggs, poultry meat, mutton and lamb
"These targets envisage no competition between national production
and regional products", Mr Mediera said, "instama, the bAgional
products will complement national production". Mr Madiera said,
too, that the programme also recognizes the need for adequate
distribution of the benefits of such regional-derelopment, and
specific projects have been "targeted" for the East Caribbean
Common Market countries.
Mr Madiera disclosed that the Guyana Government has issued an
invitation to CARICOM! member states to take part in Guyana's off-
shore fishing project. He said, too, that the Caribbeen
Development Bank is now considering two fishing projects, one
involving Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas, and the other involving
the British Virgin Islands and, possibly, Antigua.
"The objects of the new directives in regional agriculture are
embodied in the now widely accepted eshortatidn that CARICOM feed
itself", Mr Madiera said. "This may not be completely possible
but it demonstrates the spirit of the regional movement and the
determination of its peoples."
LABOUR STATIST ICS
NEWSLETTER has received information from a reliable sotree that
the estimate of the woAkforoe in Grenada is now placed at 30,000
out of a total population of 104,000.
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'here are 16 employee trade unions (including the Trade Union
Council), of which the main unions are The Grenada Manual, Maritime
& Intellectual Wtrkers Union ( President,Br E M Gairy), The Technical
& Allied Workers Union (President, Mr C B Stewart), The Seamen &
Waterfront Workers Union (President, Mr A Ramsey), The Commercial
& Industrial Workers Union (President, Mr E Pierre), The Civil
Service Association (President, Mr R Robinson), The Grenada Union
of Teachers (President, Mr P Louison).
The President of the Trade Union Council Is Mr Osbert Benjamin and
the Council is affiliated to the Caribbean Congress of Labour and
the Internatfonal Congress of Free Trade Unions.
The statistics given in paragraph one should be used with caution
as they represent estimates only.
HIGH COMulSSIONER PRPLSENTS GENERATOR
On Monday of this week (20th) the British High Commissioner to
Trinidad & Tobago, Mr Christopher Diggins, officially turned over
the keys of a Blackstone electricity generating plant to Mr A 0
Forsythe, Acting Minister of Communications & Works, as a gdft from
the British Government,
The ceremony took place at the BeauseJour Power Station in Grenada's
sister island of Carriacou, for which island the generator is to be
On September 21st, the S8 "Geeste ar" sailed with 21,633 boxes of
bananas weighing 656,224 lhb and valued at EC075,465.00. There
were 241 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending September 18th, three cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Adventurer" on the 14th with 531
poasengers, the "Amerikanis" on the 15th with 544 passengers, and the
"Sun Viking" on the 17th with 583 passengers.
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