Six years after it ceased exporting bananas to Britain, Jamaica is preparing to send another shipment. Jamaica had stopped the export of bananas following the devastation caused to farms by several hurricanes and the changes in the preferential agreement with the United Kingdom.
The first shipment of 2,000 lbs arrived in the UK last week and Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Roger Clarke said that another shipment will leave Jamaica on Wednesday.
Clarke speaking at a ceremony to launch the Ministry’s Export Market Platform and sign five contracts for infrastructure works at four of the island’s agro-parks being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), said that the shipment of bananas will continue weekly up to the end of August and that the UK buyer will arrive here this month end to negotiate long term contracts for importing Jamaican bananas into Britain.
He said the resumption of the banana trade is one of the first results of the recently launched Export Market Platform aimed at linking farmers with buyers in a structured and organised way as part of the Ministry’s efforts to boost exports and increase production in the agricultural sector.
He said the government has been targeting the UK market by forging of linkages with the Fresh Produce Consortium and that a local delegation including farmers had attended the London Produce Show as guests of the Fresh Produce Consortium resulting in transactions to supply sweet potato, yam, Julie mangoes, ginger, Moringa, castor oil, a variety of herbs and spices and a range of fruits to that market.
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