The Government of Grenada is finalising the loan agreement with the Grenada Co-operative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) before disbursing the financial package approved by Cabinet.
During a meeting in May, Cabinet approved a grant of EC$1 million to the GCNA, recognising that sale of the produce was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant is to be used strictly for price support payments for farmers across the country, and not to fund administrative expenses.
In addition to the EC$1 million grant, government also proposed a loan of EC$2 million to the GCNA. The signed loan agreement, which is a standard requirement, is mandatory for the Ministry of Finance to initiate payment to the GCNA.
The Government of Grenada is also providing financial support to the Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA). Earlier this month, Cabinet approved a grant of EC$1 million to the GCA, to provide price support payments to farmers, similar to what was approved for the GCNA. A loan of EC$1 million was also approved by Cabinet for the GCA.
Following Cabinet’s decision, formal correspondence was sent to the Grenada Cocoa Association, which has acknowledged receipt of the proposal.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands awaits formal correspondence from the GCA before finalising the legal process, following which the money will be disbursed by the Ministry of Finance.