Michael Swaby of Crescent, St. Mary, Jamaica is passionate about cultivating coconuts from the time he was seventeen years old. He was a coconut farmer in November 2022 when Michael was nominated to this title of the Coconut Industry Board for his sustainability practices used at his 38-acre farm. Then, he was voted as by the World’s Best Innovative Coconut Farmer during the 50th International COCOTECH Conference (ICC) as well as Exhibition that was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Swaby was a participant in training for regional areas that was provided by CIB in conjunction with Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and CARDI, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) as well as the European Union (EU). Then, he was selected to provide others in his local community using the lessons he learned. He was responsible for the ongoing improvement of the farming practices they use.

One of the most significant inventions made by Swaby One of the most significant innovations that Swaby implemented, and which that he was taught from his education program was the fact that it is not a good idea to throw away any of his resources. In particular, he markets coconut husks to make compost and a benefit in that he’s always interested in finding methods to earn money from scrap material.

Source: jamaicans.com