Fact Check
GRENADA IN NUMBERS
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For a small, diverse island, Grenada’s land use has changed a lot over the years. Despite the visibility of sugar cane farms current and new, this vital crop still represents a tiny amount of the island’s agricultural output. 

Indeed, the more we looked, the more staggering was the discrepancy between perception and reality: the island is bigger than it looks. Reliable information is scarce, but we have compiled the following data to provide more context to the culture in which Renegade Rum Distillery and CaneCo operate.

AGRICULTURAL LAND COVERAGE

Total land area of the Island stands at 344 square km. Highlighted here is the amount of land under cane in 1961 compared to today.

246 square km
(24,600 hectares approx.)

80 square km
(8,000 hectares approx.)

LAND USES*

Agricultural land stands at approximately 32.3% of the island’s land mass.

Arable land: 8.8%
Permanent crops: 20.6%
Permanent pasture: 2.9%
Forest: 50% Other 17.7%

*(CIA World Factbook – 2011 estimates)

HISTORICAL CANE COVERAGE
1772

Approx 12,500 hectares

1892

Approx 8,250 hectares

2015

Approx 2 hectares

2018

Approx 80 hectares
(almost all CaneCo)

CaneCo’s farms take up under 2% of Grenada’s available agricultural land. That means a mere 0.25% of Grenada’s land mass is currently growing cane.

OTHER AGRICULTURE & BUSINESS DATA*

Ease of doing business:
Grenada is ranked 147 among 190 economies

Agricultural machinery, tractors:
12 on the island (CaneCo has 6 in full use)

Fertilizer consumption:
(kilograms per hectare of arable land) – 0

Agricultural methane emissions:
7.66 thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Agricultural methane emissions:
21.88 % of total

Agricultural nitrous oxide emissions:
5.01 thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Employment in agriculture:
13.78% of total employment

Agricultural raw materials imports:
1.75% of merchandise imports

Agricultural raw materials exports:
0.2271% of merchandise exports

*(World bank)

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