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It is indeed an honour for me to present this report on the achievements of a relatively new state enterprise, Caroni Green Limited (CGL) which commenced operations just over two years ago in April 2014. When I assumed the mantle of leadership of this company one year ago, in my first address to the staff, I predicted that CGL will be a completely transformed organisation in one year’s time. Having had its fair share of missteps and controversy since inception, this seemed to be an unattainable goal. The fact that the company received no state funding for the 2014/2015 fiscal year and no budget allocation for the ensuing 2015/2016 period moved my prediction from being unattainable to the domain of impossible. One year later, we are celebrating the landmark achievement of half a million pounds (500,000 lbs.) of hot pepper production and success in international marketing to the United States of America (U.S.A.), Canada and the United Kingdom. Today, more than ninety three percent (93%) of the company’s production is either being exported, generating valuable foreign exchange or being sold to local processors thereby facilitating import substitution and conserving foreign exchange. We took the bold step of deciding to participate in this year’s Trade and Investment Conference 2016 (TIC 2016), the flagship marketing event of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA). We are particularly proud to report that we were

Another area of great pride for us is our success in effective cash flow management despite the prevailing difficult financial circumstances within our company as well as in all sectors of the wider national economy. We have earned a reputation for paying all our bills on time so that our accounts payable portfolio is minimal. This has served to strengthen the relationship with our suppliers and earn their trust. Furthermore, we are heartened to report that there has not been a single occasion when we would have failed to pay both our daily paid workers and our monthly-paid staff their wages and salaries on time. As a consequence, we have not lost a single day of productive time on account of any adverse industrial relations matters. Our progressive employee relations practices have earned us the respect and loyalty of all our staff, who are always willing to multi-task and go beyond the call of duty to ensure that our company’s best interests are always paramount. We are pleased to share some highlights of our journey thus far as well as some insights into our vision for the future. When we conducted an environmental scan of the agriculture sector, we noted that it was one characterised by mere survival by its participants, dependent on handouts from the state. One of the most significant features was the unreliability of supply and absence of sustainability. We embarked on a mission of developing a business model that would address these deficiencies and establish a platform for benefiting from the tremendous value-added potential to be derived from a vibrant agro-processing industry. We selected hot pepper production on the basis of its competitive taste profile and quality advantages, potential for creating an agro-industry and a unique marketing opportunity presented by the banning of exports by the Dominican Republic, the dominant supplier to the U.S.A. owing to pest infestation problems. We focus on sustainability from three dimensions: International Competitiveness, Environmental Impact and Human Resource Development. We are continuously researching strategies for reducing our

operating costs, thereby improving our international competitiveness. We are striving to reduce our impact on the environment and conserve natural resources as well as improve the nutritional profile of our products through the selective and stringent use of chemicals. In this regard, we have adopted a policy of not using any Classes 1 and 2 chemicals (the most toxic) in our production process. In fact, we are now working with an NGO, the Cropper Foundation with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on a project to develop chemical-free farming. With respect to our human resource management efforts, we are continuously investing to build a performance-based and results-oriented culture inside CGL that allows us to develop and attract the next generation of talent we need to propel our company forward. We believe that weaving sustainability into the very fabric of our organisation is the most important way to help future-proof our business for the changing world around us. In a world that is being radically reshaped by sweeping forces of change — from technological innovation and globalisation to resource scarcity, climate change and public health challenges, it is clear that no single company, industry, government or non-governmental organisation (NGO) can address such challenges alone. We at CGL recognise that collaborative solutions, developed through genuine and meaningful stakeholder relationships hold the key to lasting progress. For our part, CGL is fully committed to engaging partners who seek progress on our shared challenges. CGL attributes its success to a foundation built on Performance with Passion and Purpose through the vehicle of progressive cross-sector Public Private Partnerships. We are proud of the relationships we have built with many highly respected organisations in Trinidad and Tobago as well as regionally and internationally. Moving forward, we intend to expand and strengthen these partnerships. We will continue seeking new opportunities to work together on matters most significant to our business and on which we can make a meaningful impact. This is the winning formula we will institutionalise as we

position our company for sustainable long-term growth and contribute to solving broader national challenges. With the greatest humility, we can say without fear of contradiction that CGL has accomplished a lot in its short corporate life. Based on our successes to date, we are confident that our company can make an even more meaningful contribution to the development of the local agriculture sector. However, we make an appeal for some measure of State support if only to address the most basic farm operations equipment and infrastructural requirements such as greenhouses, access roads, irrigation systems and land preparation as a prerequisite for further expansion and growth of the sector. The market opportunities are huge and as a country, we possess significant comparative and competitive advantages including a well-developed industrial base which can provide the impetus for private sector participation and investment in value-added agro-processing. I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to the Head of Delegation – European Union for the European Development Fund (EDF) Grant in 2014 which facilitated the start-up of this company. We thank CGL’s Line Minister Clarence Rambharat and the inaugural Board of Directors for their vision, guidance and support. I am really proud of having a most dedicated team of employees and would therefore like to convey my thanks and gratitude to the management team and all of CGL’s employees for their commitment and sheer hard work throughout this past year, despite the very challenging circumstances in which we had to operate. I am grateful to all our business partners, who have supported us with endless confidence during the process of institutionalisation of this company as a pioneer of its kind in the country. It is certainly my privilege and responsibility to lead CGL to the next level of sustainable growth through modernisation and integration as we continue to build a resilient, diversified and people-focused organisation. Sharma Lalla – Chief Executive Officer 16th October 2016

The European Union warmly congratulates Caroni Green Limited on this significant milestone in the creation of a hot pepper industry and its commitment to develop alternate types of agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago. We are proud to have supported this initiative as well as others to boost the country's diversification, economy and food security.




The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) celebrates World Food Day each year on 16th October to commemorate the founding of the Organisation in 1945. Three of the FAO’s key strategic objectives are to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable, to enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems and to reduce rural poverty. Today, more than one hundred and fifty (150) countries celebrate World Food day to raise awareness of the challenges of addressing world hunger and encourage people to get involved in the fight against it. The theme for 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” At the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, one hundred and ninety three (193)

countries pledged to end hunger in the next fifteen (15) years. In November 2015, one hundred and ninety five (195) nations committed to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, where food security is recognised as a priority area for action. The global goal for achieving Zero Hunger is 2030, but without addressing climate change, it cannot be reached. This is why FAO’s global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as

institutional and legal frameworks. FAO is calling on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. CGL recognises that addressing the core challenges of feeding our nation and coping with climate change has implications that reach far beyond the borders of Trinidad and Tobago. The future holds challenges as well as opportunities for our local farmers. There is an urgent need to significantly increase our agricultural productivity, while ensuring a sustainable footprint, just to meet anticipated demand. World Food Day reminds us of the need to meet this challenge and open the door to new opportunities for our farmers by

ensuring they have the best innovative, scientifically-proven tools in their toolbox and open access to growing global markets. We believe that it is more than sheer coincidence that as the world prepares to celebrate World Food Day 2016, we at CGL are celebrating our most significant achievement of half a million pounds (500,000 lbs.) production of hot peppers in one year, a first in Trinidad and Tobago. We are indeed proud to be the pioneers in developing a business model in agriculture that can be replicated by farmers and will enable them to improve their incomes, support their families, and feed our nation. CGL is very pleased to play its part in celebrating World Food Day 2016 and making a positive contribution to the sustainable development of the agriculture sector in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Anuskha Sinanan

Field Worker at the Mon Jaloux Farm, Cunupia for one year My experience at CGL over the past year has been a great one, I have learnt so much about agriculture and what is required for the exports. Being a single mother my hours of work at the farm makes it easy to be there for my daughter when she gets home from school and it gives me lots of time with her.

Subhagiya Ragoonanan

Field Worker at the Mon Jaloux Farm, Cunupia for one year since August 2015 Working at Caroni Green Limited has been a positive experience, I was previously a housewife involved in some farming but CGL has taught me about large scale farming for export. Work was hard to come by in this area (rural) and I really appreciate CGL for creating employment in the village.


Mahadeo Lalchan

Team Leader at the Mon Jaloux Farm Since October 2014 I am not a gardener by trade but I started as a field laborer in October 2014, the officers and workers at CGL taught me about planting, cultivation and harvesting mainly for the export market. These skills are very beneficial to me. Caroni Green Limited has created jobs for people in this area and the neighboring villages.

Dinesh Goolcharan

Farm Operations Coordinator

Transistioning from an Agribusiness Officer to Farm Operations Coordinator was necessary to ensure the efficiency and productivity of CGL's daily operations. The dedication and commitment of our staff is what motivates me to do whatever is required to ensure success. Hard work and with God above; failure is not an option.

I am happy to see the company growing and progressing.

Our company remains committed towards the development of local entrepreneurship and continues to offer the facilities and amenities to develop and expand businesses within the agro processing sector.





production using Farmers knowledge for production. I am now very enthusiastic and passionate about agricultural production and all the processes that go with it; and working with workers who share the same enthusiasm as myself.

Fyzal Tullah Field Officer

After being employed with Caroni (1975) Limited for a period of 22 years I moved on to Carib Glassworks Limited, in the Quality Control department. On October 18th 2013, I accepted a position at Caroni Green Initiative, a pilot project in agricultural

After Caroni Green Limited was registered as a company in 2014, I initially transferred to the office to work directly with the first C.E.O, then in Procurement with the second C.E.O, and I was later transferred to Mon Jaloux Farm as a Field Officer, my desire for my company to succeed grew daily. In August 2015 Mr. Lalla was hired as CEO, this was a great decision for CGL. He recognizes hard work and he recognizes poor work and he deals with them both. I am now working directly with the Farm coordinator, sharing the same views for the company's success and growth.

It is, without doubt, a cause for celebration when a local fledgling agricultural entity achieves multiple milestones in just one year of operation! Caroni Green Ltd, under the adept leadership of CEO Mr Sharma Lalla, has done Trinidad & Tobago and indeed the Caribbean proud! The production of half a million pounds of hot peppers given the vagaries of weather conditions, pests and praedial larceny, is definitely something to be proud of! Further, in an era when foreign exchange earnings are relatively low and food import



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The Exchange Farmers Association would like to congratulate Caroni Green Limited on achieving the significant milestone of producing over half a million (500,000) pounds of hot peppers at both the Union East and Mon Jaloux Farms. The workers and staff must be commended for their hard work, diligence and commitment to the task of bringing agriculture to the forefront of the country.

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Caroni Green Ltd has created employment and business opportunities within these communities and the wider environment. All of the above was achieved utilizing safe green inputs without affecting the environment and people in the surrounding areas. Again full recognition must be afforded to them and we wish them continued success in the future.

bills are indisputably high, Trinidad & Tobago must salute the entrepreneurial accomplishments of Caroni Green Ltd, who have managed not only to penetrate the major foreign markets (US, Canada and UK) in twelve months, but to reduce the T&T food import bill by facilitating the commencement of production of downstream pepper products previously imported for domestic use.

Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (brainchild of Prime Minister Perry G Christie) I take this opportunity to sincerely congratulate Mr Sharma Lalla and his hardworking team at Caroni Green Ltd for excellent work in an area that has long suffered in the Caribbean, and now appears to be on the rise. The Bahamas looks forward to continued collaboration.

I am pleased to have been able to visit the pepper farm at Mon Jaloux earlier in the year, and now on behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas, and The Bahamas

Dr E Monica Davis Honorary Consul for The Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago



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1 2 3 CGL donates four hundred seedlings to 4H clubs at primary schools in the Couva area for World Food Day 2015.



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CARONI GREEN LIMITED InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago would like to congratulate Caroni Green Ltd. on this amazing milestone of half a million lbs of peppers produced. This is quite exciting for Trinidad and Tobago and presents substantial investment opportunities. Over the past few years, InvesTT has received significant general and investor interest in T&T’s pepper, which indicates that the demand for Trinidad and Tobago’s local hot peppers as an agribusiness input is steadily growing. This heightened demand was partly due to the Trinidad and Tobago’s Scorpion Moruga pepper being rated the world’s hottest pepper by the New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute in February 2012. Since then other varieties have overtaken the Scorpion Moruga Pepper as the hottest in the world however its SHU rating of over 2m SHU still places it in the top 5 hottest peppers. Several of the hottest peppers in the world can trace their origins to Trinidad and Tobago including several varieties of the 7 Pot and Habaneros. This is an exciting time for the local pepper industry. The University of Trinidad and Tobago has performed substantial research and development on new local pepper species which are rated equally as hot as the Moruga Scorpion while producing significantly more capsaicin oil per mg of pepper and maintaining its hot red colour post processing. This would result in a competitive product combining Trinidad’s unique pepper genealogy with lower production costs and larger outputs. According to NAMDEVCO, Trinidad and Tobago has the capability of producing over 6,000 tons of hot pepper annually. The climate and other environmental conditions offer the convenience of year round production, which leads to a continuous supply, thus leaving T&T poised to fill in the shortages that occur during winter season in other parts of the world. Currently, the main export markets are Canada and the United States with a small percentage also going to the Caribbean diaspora in the United Kingdom



There are a number of incentives in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors that would motivate investors to enter the pepper products business by way of acts which offer tax and duties waivers, as well as agricultural incentives for purchasing of equipment, land, etc. Some of these include:

There are a number of incentives in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors that would motivate investors to enter the pepper products business

approved agriculturally based businesses that use 75% local inputs to production. In addition to the incentives the investment opportunities in pepper are numerous. Non-food opportunities include; Pepper spray and weapon grade pepper; Anti-Fouling Paints; Insecticides and; Capsaicin oil for sports rubs and other medicinal treatments. Opportunities in food are extensive for both the local and international markets and include:

• The Fiscal Incentives Act offers a waiver of income tax on dividends or other distributions, other than interest, out of profits derived from manufacture of approved products. • The Customs & Excise Act offers investors duty free importation of plant, machinery, equipment, components and raw materials, as specified and raw materials, as specified in the Third Schedule of the Customs Tariff. • The Foreign Investment Act allows a foreign investor to purchase land up to one acre for residential purposes and five acres for commercial use. In addition foreign investors are allowed to purchase up to 30% of the cumulative shareholding in a public company.

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The aforementioned opportunities and incentives combined with a unique product and increased production augurs well for the future of the industry. InvesTT would like to once again commend Caroni Green Ltd. for this important step towards diversifying the economy of Trinidad and Tobago. We are eager to continue our partnership to further develop the local pepper Industry.

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