Activity IDB-Comp. 2-2: Strengthening of Citrus Production
Country Suriname
Last update: 14/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Soesila Udit-Ramautar
Budget US - US Dollar 616,000
Project period 30/01/2016 to 30/01/2018
Countries: Suriname 
Summary This project is a component of Agricultural Innovation financed by the IDB. This project aims at raising citrus yields and spreading the supply of citrus production more evenly throughout the year. Yields will be improved by working on a better supply of good quality planting material, by testing improved production techniques, and by informing and training farmers in appropriate production management techniques.
Background The citrus fruit industry is a sizeable economic activity in Surinam, spread out over many farmers for which it is a small additional activity, while for 300-400 farmers it is their principal source of income. According to the 2008 Agricultural Census2, 2841 farmers (or 28% of the total) are reported to grow oranges.
Since the mid-1990s, the area under citrus production has been on the decline. If this trend continues, Surinam could be destined to become a net importer of citrus fruit. This would be completely unnecessary (and highly undesirable) as Surinam has good conditions to grow citrus fruit. Hence this innovation project aims to give the citrus industry a boost by: (i) improving the quality of the planting material supplied by the nurseries; (ii) introducing better-performing foreign varieties; (iii) changing the composition of citrus species and varieties planted so that (potential) local demand is better met (this may also require the introduction of irrigation); and (iv) improving production practices and compliance with standards
Objective Main objective: Strengthening of the citrus fruit sector in Suriname
Intermediate objectives
- Productivity of the citrus fruit sector improved
- A more evenly spread, local supply of citrus fruit throughout the year
Setup and activities The general project cost budget line includes project management, stationary, equipment and vehicles that are not output specific. Overall budget of the project is close to US$ 616,000, of which US$ 362,000 will be financed by the IDB loan and US$ 254,000 by the government of Suriname (LVV).
(Expected) Results • Citrus nurseries equipped and strengthened in order to produce better quality planting material
• Better-performing citrus varieties identified, imported and screened
• Harvest period of citrus species and varieties identified
• Selected recommendations testing
• New citrus production manual released and promoted
• Citrus farmers informed of and trained in best practices

List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 2. SMEs/Private sector
4. Research community
2.2 Production Chain 2. Production & Management
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Citrus (Citrus)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
7.1 Suriname-Districts Commewijne
Role Person name
Project leader person details Soesila Udit-Ramautar
Support staff person details naveen kirpal
Support staff person details Mrs. Ruby Kromokardi
Support staff person details Armand Matdoerijat
Relation Activity
Project of Programme project details IDB-Comp.: Agricultural Competitiveness Program
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