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For The Week Ending December 18th 1982
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Volume 10 Number 17
DISAPPOINTING YEAR FOR NUTMBGS
The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) Started on
December 6th to pay some 7,000 nutmeg producers a disappoint-
ing pre-Christmas "bonus" of EC$1 million.
The island's nutmeg producers collected their cheques cover-
ing the "surplus" on the Association's trading for the year
ended 30th June last, but GCNA had to borrow most of this
money to makl this payment.
In a Report distributed to producers, GCNA said market demand
continued to be low during the last trading year, and the
actual surplus on trading was only EC$45,256.00. The other
EC$954,744.00 had to be borrowed in order to pay out the
The trading surplus for this year represents a drop of over
90% from the figure of EC$457,495.00 for 1981, but that too
was a great disappointment when compared with the Assoc-
iation's last good year in 1978. In that year, the trad-
ing surplus was EC$4 million.
GCNA was established in 1948 as the sole exporters of nut-
megs and mace (the lacey red spice which covers the shell
of the nutmeg.) and the Association works by the method of
buying from the producers during the trading year ending
30th June and distributing the trading surplus just before
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In 1978, the Association bought BC$6.1 million in nutmegs and mace from
producers and paid an EC$4 million surplus on trading. At the end
of that year, GCNA had BC$1.1 million cash in hand and EC$7.5 million
in fixed deposits.
However, there was a dark cloud on the horizon and the Government
appointed Nutmeg Board warned producers that the demand for nutmegs
had fallen off considerably and the demand for mace continued to be
In the following year, GCNA bought just under BC$7 million in nutmegs
and mace from producers, but the trading surplus dropped to EC$2.8
million. After careful consideration, the Board said, it had de-
cided to tap the Associat.ion's Reserves and a "trading surplus" of
EC$4.3 million was paid to producers.
Market conditions deteriorated over the years 1980 and 1981 and the
actual trading.surpluses for those years were respectively BC$2.1
million and EC$457,495.00. And, in both of those years, the
Board drew on reserves to pay "trading surpluses" of EC$4 million
and EC$3.1 million respectively.
"As the world wide economic recession continues unabated", the Board
said in its 1981 Report to the producers, 'food processors in the
developed countries, faced with falling consumption by the finan-
cially hard pressed consuming public, have been forced to cut back
STATEMENT OF TRADING AND SURPLUS DISTRIBUTION
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30TH JUNE 1982
Gross Income EC.
Cost of produce from growers
General & Administrative Expenses
Cess Reserve for the year
Operating Income (Loss)
Other Income (Expenses)
Gain on sale of fixed assets
Gain/(Loss) on Exchange
Commission Minor Spices Cooperative
Bad Debts written off
!Trading surpluss For Year z-
iAdd Transfer From Reserve
Surplus Due To. Growers ..
4 j031 079
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production: of their products. Since the principal use of nut-
mega.and-maee is as a flavouring ingredient in the food industry
,,..... demand for these spices.has continued to decline alarmingliy.
By the end of the 1981 trading year, while the Association had a
little over a quarter of a million East Caribbean dollars in some
current accounts, it had an overdraft of nearly half a million East
car-i >ieaan dollars in others, and its fixed deposits hac been reduc-
ed to BC$1.2 million.
During the year ending 30th June 1982, GCNA bought BC$5.2 million
in nutmegs and mace from producers. During that tradi-g year,
695,345 Ibs of mace realized a profit of EC$346,802.00, but trading
on 4,210,664 Ibs of nutmegs brought a loss of EC$372,395.00. Surplus
on the overall trading was BC$45,256.00, there was a net overdraft of
over EC$1 million and all money on fixed deposit had been withdrawn.
Mr Robin Renwick, GCNA Manager, told NEWSLETTER the.market remains
inactive and, while some sales have been made in the new trading
year, they have been made at steeply reduced prices. Efforts _re
now being made, he said, to penetrate non-traditional markets, but
lack of shipping opportunities is creating a problem.
"Results for the current half year are falling below the average for
last year", he said, "and, unless we can effect a turn around in our
BANK ACCOUNTS & CASH IN HAND
AT 30TH JUNE 1982
Overdraft Current Accounts
Barclavs Bank International Ltd
St Georges Current Account EC$440,471
Second Advance 24
The Royal Bank of Canada
New York 53,317
The National Commercial Bank of Grenada
St Georges -479,281
Grenville Current Account 20,704
Distr ibution 351,918
Cash in Hand Receiving Stations 55,340
Head Office 400
EC$1 272;833 EC$177,644
!Relative figures in 1981 BC$487,388 BC$1,599,351
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fortunes, the coming end of year in 1983 will be extremely disappoint-
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MENTS YEAR ENDING 30.6.82
Nutmegs (Ibs) %
SALES & AVERAGE MARKET PRICE
Year Ended Sales
30th June Nutmeas(lbs-
3 82 4,210,664
Per lb BC$
Per lb BC$
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A 3-day conference Of Caribbean Intellectual & Cultural Workers"
was, opened officially at the National Confetence Centre on November
20th by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
Having as its thems "Culture & Sovereignty in the Caribbean", this
Conference attracted delegates from across the Caribbean, Nicaragua,
Surinam, Guyana and the United States.
Addressing the Conference, Barbadian author George Lammitq, a mem-
ber of the "Standing Committee of Intellectuals for the Sovereignty
of the Americas", the body organising the Conference, said it was
not by chance that Grenada was chosen as the venue.
"In spite of the distortions imposed upon you by a hostile environ-
ment'", he said, "in spite of increasing degeneracy of the regional
media, day by day, there are increasing elements within this region
who begin to associate Grenada as, perhaps, tbue one English-speaking
territory of which we can use the word 'pride' ".
Mr Lamming said it is because there is such profound pride in "this
effort to cut a new path where there was no road" that there was
such a ready response to attend the Conference from "this extraord-
inary collecting. of h and women across the region'4.
"I believe their presence'here is one way of affirming their sym-
pathy and their solidarity with you"', he said.
Delegates to the Conference included Jamaican singer Harry Belafonta,
Guyanese poet Martin,Carter, Professor Gordon Lewis of the University
of Puerto Rico, Mr Ernesto Cardinal, Minister of Culture in the Nic-
araguan Government, Mr Dudley hompson; Foreign Affairs Minister in
the former Peoples National Party Government of Jamaica and several
other regional political and cultural figures.
The Conference discussed "Women's Movements in the Political Process'"
"Arts and the Communications Media", "Politics & Sovereignty",
"Labour in defence of the PbpIe"1 and *Planning & Sovereignty". In
this agenda, emphasis was tla4d L tArts and the Communications Media'"
for which there were three sessions as compared with one session
each for the other subjects.
WATCH FOR REAGAN'S BRIBES :BISHOP
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop has warned Caribbean Intellectuals
that the United States administratic- of President Ronald Reagan will
attempt to bribe them.
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Mr Bishop was addressing the Conference of !'"Itellectual & Cultural
Workers which opened in Grenada on November 20th, and he told the
Conference of a document which, he said, has been prepared for
This document, as quoted by the P1ime Minister, urges the immediate
initiation of a.campaign to capture the intellectual elite". Con-
sideration and recognition is what most intellectuals crave, the
document says, and they will be attracted by a campaign implemented
through radio and TV, books, articles, pamphlets, fellowships.and
'This is the way intellectuals of our region are perceived by the
Reagan administration and by the agencies they employ", Mr Bishop
said.- '4ur educated ciass is made up of men and women who are up
for sale and who can be bribed by the offer of scholarships, by
grants and by the opportunities for publication of their work."'
The Prime Minister said: he wished the contents of the document
could be made .known to every teacher throughout the region, because
the strategies outlined in it remove the need for any further
definition of. "cultural imperialism".
HOW PRG INTERPRETS "PRESS FREEDOM"
;'Our media have been infiltrated by voices which they have never
tccomodated before. Our people are firmly taking control of
their newspapers, their radio, their TV. Our people will never
again be controlled by the media."
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop made these comments as he delivered
the feature address at the opening ceremony of the Conference of
"Intellectual & Cultural Workers" which opened at the National
Conference Centre at Morne Rouge on November 20th.
The Prime Minister said the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)
makes no apology for interpreting the "freedom,of the press" in
Grenada to mean liberating every possible medium of communication
-from "the stranglehold of a minority which is, in turn, manupilated
by powerful foreign interests".
The PRG makes no apology, he said, for moving swiftly, and with the
consent of the majority of Grenadians, to silence "our local rep-
resentatives of the reactionary Caribbean press, that same Caribbean
:-ress, that band of faithful morcrels which, all this week, has been
"w aging their tails and yapping in unison at the command of their
-:. .Jruarter "
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These newspapers, the Prime Minister said, had produced identical
editorials, identical lies, identical distortions, identical head-
lines, identical full stops and identical commas, "all manufactured
in one factory and then off-loaded on to y6ur free and independent
newspapers across 5,000 miles of Caribbean sea,."
"If that is freedom and independence of the press",'he said, "then
we will have none of it in our free and independent country."
MORE POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED
Commissioner of Prisons Patrick Macleish confirmed to NEWSLETTER on
December 18th that another batch' df. political prisoners had bten set
free on December 17th, but he said that information relative to the
number of persons released and their names would not be available
until December 20th.
Unconfirmed reports.put the number .released from Richmond Hill
prison at 38 and it is also reported that a further 20 have been
allowed to go home from a detention ,camp at Hope Vale, a few miles
east of St Georges where it is believed political prisoners are also
This is the second lot of political prisoners released by the Peoples
Revolutionary Government within a month. On November 17th, 28
detainees were set free but their passports were confiscated and they
must report to the Police fortnightly.
At the time of their release, Minister of Mobilisation Selwyn Strachan
said the PRG's policy is to review the cases of political prisoners
continuously and it was felt that those set free no longer pose a
threat to national security.
AMNESTY TOLD THAT PIERRE, NOEL, THOMAS ARE VIOLENT v
The London based human rights organisation, Amnesty International,
has been advised by the Peoples Revolutionary Government that four
political prisoners, Messrs Lloyd Noel, Tilman Thomas, Leslie Pierre
and Stanley Roberts are being held in jail because of their con-
spiracy "to perpetrate and incite violence and destabilisation."
This is disclosed in the recently published Amnesty Report for 1982
which covers the period January to December 1981.
Messrs Noel, Thomas and Pierre were shareholders in a weekly news-
paper, "The Grenadian Voice", which, after only one publication, was
closed in June 1981 through the passage of retroactive legislation by
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the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
Mr Roberts is the Assistant Secretary of the Grenada Seamen & Water-
front Workers Union whose Secretary is Mr Eric Pierre, brother of
Mr Leslie Pierre.
These four men were arrested on July 1th 1981 and are still detained
CHARGES AGAINST LANGDON'S RELATIVES DROPPED
Charges against three persons accused of giving "comfort" to an escaped
detainee were withdrawn in the Magistrates Court on December 7th.
Ca charge were Zephryn Williams, Vessima Williams and Dreda Edwards and
they were accused of assisting Antonio Langdon who escaped from custody
c' October 9th last and was recaptured on November 3rd.
Wien the case was called in the Magistrates Court on December 7th,
C-own Council Mr Atiba Bostic told Chief Magistrate Mr Lyle St Paul
that he had studied statements given by the accused to the Police and
Le did not consider there was evidence to sustain the charges.
'IThe accused are all relatives of Langdon", Mr Bostic said, "and they
provided him with food, presumably, on humanitarian grounds. Their
:s atements reveal that they had knowledge of his escape and that they
c.'ealed this offence, but there is no law yet on the statute books
under which they can be charged for this."
The Crown Council asked the Chief Magistrate to give the three persons
a ,Arning but Mr St Paul refused to do this. When once charges
have been withdrawn, he said, no warning or admonition can be given.
'fYou may go", he told the two Williams and Edwards, "have a happy
Charges are still pending against two other persons in this matter.
They are Oscar Jerome Williams and Lester Neptune and their case has
been adjourned until March 8th.
The Peoples Revolutionary Government declared four days of mourning
following the death at the General Hospital on December 16th of
p:-;.' nent member of thl New Jewel M.'.'ement (fNf ), Magadon "Cacademo"
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Grant, who has been .,Platform Chairman" of NJM for several years,
was an associate of Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler, one of Grenada's
National Heroes, in the era of the 1930s when Butler played a lead-
ing role in the turbulent development of the trade union movement
In his capacity as official NJM Platform Chairman, Grant wcs at the
speakers' microphone at a Government sponsored rally on Jure 19th
1980 when a bomb exploded under the speakers' platform. either
he nor any of the officials on the platform were hurt but three per-
sons under the platform died.
Grant's body will lie in state on December 19th in the Methodist
Church in his home town, Gouyave, on the island's west coast, prior
to the funeral service which takes place that day.
RAMDHANNY HEADS TOURISM MINISTRY
Mr Lyden Ramdhanny. prominent member of the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG), has been appointed Minister for Tourism and Civil
Aviation with effect from December 16th.
Disclosing this on December 18th, the State owned Radio Free Grenada
(RFG) said the PRG plans to spend over EC$400 million on tourism
over the next three years including funds for completion of the
According to RFG, there will be increased promotional work in North
America and Europe, new Tourism Offices will be established in
North America and the Caribbean, and several hotels are to be built.
Mr Ramdhanny was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance in June last
and, announcing his appointment to his new post, the Government
Gazette of December 17th revokes the previous appointment to the
Ministry of Finance.
That Government Gazette also transfers from Mr Unison Whiteman,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, the portfolioaof Tourism (including
Civil Aviation) which he held up to the time of Mr Ramdhanny's
CUBA GIVES AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT
The Government of Cuba has donated to the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) a quantity of agricultural equipment valued at
over EC$2 million.
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The Cuban ship "Bahia De Mariel1" docked at St Georges on December 6th
with this equipmwit and the State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said
the PRG received 23 tractors, 12 loihghs and 18 planters. RFG said
the shipment included 40 cases of Actessories and 108 cases of spate
IFG quoted an official of the Ministry of Agriculture as saying this
equipment is the nucleus of a national machinery pool which will be
implemented Oarly in 1983. According to the official, Grenadian
farmers will now have access to agricultural machinery and will be
able to get advice on land preparation and soil conservation.
GRENADA/CUBA SIGN AGREEMENT
The Governments of Grenada and Cuba have signed their third Collab-
oration Agreements in the fields of science and technology and in
the field of culture.
The signing ceremony took place in Grenada on December 8th and
-'adio Free Grenada said the Agreement on science and technology was
signed by Mr Jorge Risquet, a member of the Central Committee and
Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba. Mr Bernard
Card, Deputy Prime Minitter and Minister of Finance signed on
behalf of the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
'he Agreement on culture was signed by Minister of Education Miss
'.cqueline Creft and by Cuban Ambassador to Grenada Mr Julian
NYO STRENGTHENS TIES WITH CUBA & RUSSIA
The National Youth Organisation (NYO), arm of the ruling New Jewel
?'vement of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, has strengthened its ties
with the youth organizations of Cuba and the Soviet Union.
'he State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) reported on December 2nd
that a four-man delegation led by NYO Chairman Tan Bartholomew
described a recent visit to Cuba and Russia as "highly successful",
-nd Mr Bartholomew told RFG the delegation had studied methods used
by youth organizations in Russia and Cuba in organ:ising activities
among youths, students and children.
The NYO Head said the visiting Grenadians had also had the opportunity
to study the systems used in organising the Pioneer Movements (organ-
isations of children between the ages of 5 and 14), as well as the
s.ysteims used in organi-sing voluntary work, particularly in assisting
the youth to develop the economy.
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Mr Bartholomew said the visits served to improve greatly the relat-
ions between the NYO and the youth organizations in Cuba and the
Soviet Union, and joint activities have been agreed upon.
The NYO Chairman told RFG also that his organisation had received
material assistance from the Russian youth organisation for the
youths and students of Grenada.
"They have agreed to assist us with propaganda equipment they think
is very important for our organisation and for other mass organisat-
ions in Grenada", he said, "and this has to do with equipment like
tape recorders, P.A. systems, sound systems, amplifiers and other
such equipment that is necessary to carry out our mass activities
among our youth and students."
Other developments reported by Mr Bartholomew are a visit to Grenada
in December 1983 by a Soviet youth cultural and sporting group and
a visit to Russia next September of five Grenadian youths who %ill
attend school in that country for five months.
With reference to the visit to Cuba, the NYO Chairman said that,
here too, his delegation had secured benefits for Grenada.
"We will be sending five Pioneers to the International Pioneer Camp
in Cuba next year", he said. "This Pioneer Camp is very import-
ant because it brings together Pioneers from many countries through-
out the world."
Mr Bartholomew said that, in January, Cuba will send an Advisor to
Grenada to spend one month giving technical advice to the NYO, and
an official delegation from the Cuban youth organisation will visit
Grenada during the latter part of next year. Another contact
with Cuban youth will be a one-week visit to Cuba next month of a
five-man delegation comprised of the most outstanding emulation
TOURIST MAN POSTED TO CANADA
The Peoples Revolutionary Government has appointed Mr Richard Cher-
man to be Counsellor in the Grenada High Commission in Canada with
responsibility for Trade and Tourism.
Mr Cherman, who held the post of Deputy Director of Tourism in the
Ministry of Tourism, left the island on December 17th to take up
his appointment.in Ottawa.
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MNIB SHOULD IMPORT SCHOOL BOOKS: NWO
President of the National Womens' Organisation (NWO), Mrs Phyllis
Coard, has said that the high cost of school books and uniforms is the
main problem identified by Grenadian women.
Mrs Coard was addressing the two-day NWO Congress which opened at the
National Convention Centre at Grand Anse on December 6th, and she said
her organisation had looked into the question of price control.
"A strong demand has been made by the women of the Parish Councils
that the Marketing & National Importing Bpard (MNIB) take over the
importation of school books and uniform cloth in order to reduce
prices", she said, "The NWO will immediately hold discussions
with MNIB on this matter as well as on their possible importation
of other important items."
MNIB, set up by the Peoples Revolutionary Government shortly ,after
the March 13th 1979 revolution, is already the sole importer of
rice, suger and cement.
NWO SAYS NO "ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN"
The National Women's Organisation (NWO) has called on the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) to abolish the concept of
"illegitimate children" and amend the laws of the country to make
all children equal.
This demand is expressed in a resolution passed unanimously by
the NWO Congress which concluded on December 7th.
The resolution said all Grenadian children should enjoy the human
right to be supported financially and that the law should be am-
ended to make it compulsory for a parent living apart from his or
her child to provide adequate financial support for that child.
The resolution urged the PRG to set up a private Family Court and
legal machinery to make it easy to establish paternity. This
machinery should also enable an unsupported parent easily to collect
maintenance payments ordered by the Court.
According to the latest illegitimacy rate published by the Grenada
Planned Parenthood Association, three out of every four Grenadian
children are born out of wedlock.
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WORK/STUDY CENTRE FOR CARRIACOU A POSSIBILITY
The Peoples Revolutionary Government will offer Grenada's expertise
and facilities to other regional countries in the field of the
work/study approach to the education system.
Following a conference on OEducation, & Production" late in November,
the State owned Radio Free Grenada.quoted Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop as saying that discussions are taking place on the po-sibility
of establishing a work/study centre in the sister island of Carria-
This centre, Mr Bishop said, will have a school with surrounding
factories and farms and would serve, not only the three-island State
of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, but other countries as
FRG CONSIDERING "LOCAL TRIBUNALS" FOR PRAEDJAL LAPCBNY
The Peoples Revolutionary Government is considering a novel way of
dealing with praedial larceny.
In a release issued on December 7th, the Government Information
Service (GIS) said Prime Minister Maurice Bishop had told a recent
meeting of farmers that Court cases involving praedial larceny are
usually drawn out and tedious and there is need to institute a
simple procedure to save farmers' time and expense.
According to GIS, Mr Bishop said the PRG is considering the possib-
ility of having "Local-Tribunals" try persons accused of praedial
larceny. Under this system, fines will be increased, prison
terms will be lengthened and persons found guilty will be sentenced
to compulsory labour.
Another idea suggested by the Prime Minister is that persons in
possession of agricultural produce valued at over EC$25.00 be made
to produce a receipt to prove ownership.
WINBAN MANAGEMENT TRAINING
The Banana Industry earned EC$102.7 million for the Windward Islands'
during 1981, Grenada getting EC$10.5 million, St Lucia EC$40.18
million, St Vincent EC$27.42 million and Dominica EC$24.52 million.
This was disclosed by Mr H V Atkinson, President of the Windward
Is2lnds Banazn Association (WINBAN) as he addressed a one-day
workshop on ML.nagement Training Needs of the Windward Islands
Banana Industry which took place in St Lucia on November 19th.
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Mr Atkinson said the Banana Industry is not only big at the level of
its financial contribution but is it very diverse and complex in that
it involves pver 25,000 banana farmers of various farm sizes, cate-
gories and management levels scattered over the valleys, hills and
mountains of the four islands.
The workshop was attended by over 20 participants drawn from thq four
islands, the main lecturer being Mr Edgar Parnell of the Plunkett
Foundation, a management training organisation of the United Kingdom.
EAST CARIBBEAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY
Statement of Assets & Liabilities
As At 30th June 1982
Notes in Circulation
Coin in circulation .
International Oroanis at i.o
Is _1,019,103 EC$133,773,709
Fixed Deposits & Money
at call EC$ 61,899,.
Regional Currencies 2,899,
Bankers Balances 1,355,
Participating Governments' Securities
including Treasury Bills
Other Assets y k.,
"AIi Hughes Cynthia Hughes
18th December 1982
Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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