The Cabinet announced that 100,000 coconut palm seeds from Costa Rica will enter Antigua shortly for propagation of new coconut palms that were destroyed during the lethal yellowing disease which killed off thousands of palms.
Many hotels, the Agricultural Development Corporation, homeowners and others suffered a great loss during the height of the disease.
The seeds will produce trees resistant to this disease; they will grow about six feet tall, and will begin producing fruit shortly after three years of growth.
The Cabinet applauded the Ministry of Agriculture for moving on this project.
Other farmers have already begun the process of propagating the resistant strain of palms for their own use.