Grenada reviving nutmeg industry with free trees

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) -- The so-called spice island of Grenada is trying to revitalize the world's second-largest nutmeg industry by giving away thousands of trees.

Agriculture Minister Michael Lett says he is encouraging people with relatively small plots of land to plant the trees on the southern Caribbean island.

Grenada is second only to Indonesia as a nutmeg producer. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed about 60 percent of Grenada's crop and the industry has been struggling to recover.

The government plans to give away 6,000 trees starting Thursday. The cost of the program is modest since each tree is valued at less than $4. The trees are expected to begin producing the fragrant spice in about three years.

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