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Routine tree management practices: Pruning and Cutting tree tops, Grenada
The devastations caused by the extremely severe hurricane seasons in Grenada in the past few years highlighted the great vulnerability of its agricultural sector. In 2004, the total direct and indirect costs to the agricultural sector, including the cropping, livestock and fisheries sub-sector were 55 million and 46 million EC$. . Routine tree management practices are applied on the island to mitigate the impacts of storms on the cropping sub sector by producing shorter trees that are more resistant to hurricanes. The benefits of this technology are the ease of implementation, its sustainability and effectiveness in reducing the impact of hurricanes and strong winds and contributing to soil fertility.