DANGER FACING COCONUT INDUSTRY
COCONUT PLANTS AND PLANT PARTS
Should not be Brought Into Dominica.
Though the Coconut Industry of Dominica is,
up to this point in time, free from the disastrous
effects of any serious diseases and insect pests, the
complete death of extensive coconut cultivations
in Trinidad and Tobago, because of the un-
controllable Red Ring Disease, and the death of
extensive cultivations in Jamaica, due to the uncon-
trollable spread of the disease called Lethal
Yellowing, all persons travelling from any of the
islands in the Caribbean are kindly asked to stop
bringing in any coconuts, coconut fibre, coconut
straw or any part of the coconut plant into Dom-
A special request is made to the horticulturists,
the tourists and persons returning home from trips
or vacation from territories in the Caribbean where
they normally pick up plants, etc., for one reason
or the other. This is a dangerous practice.
All Farmers are asked not to introduce coconut
plants on their farms from any country overseas.
If they have any intentions to do so. they are asked
to seek the advice of the Chief Agricultural Officer
of the Division of Agriculture on this matter.
Farmers are further requested to keep a good
watch on the movement of coconut plants in their
areas and ensure, with the staff of the Division of
Agriculture, that coconut plants are not being
taken into Dominica from overseas. They are
kindly asked to report any knowledge of this
immediately to the field staff of the Division of
Agriculture located in their area.
The general Public is also informed that under
the Plant Protection Ordinance --- Chapter 83 of
the Revised Laws of Dominica, i961, Section 12
of the Regulations made under the authority of
the Ordinance, that coconut plants and all parts
of the coconut palm are prohibited from entry into
the State of Dominica.
All citizens and visitors are therefore called
upon to make a genuine effort to rigidly observe
this regulation and to protect the Coconut Industry
of Dominica, as much as possible, from destruction
by pests and diseases carelessly introduced from
outside the State.
This is a Serious Warning to all Concerned.
J. B. YANKEY
Chief Agricultural Officer.
24th September, 1971.