After drawbacks in banana production across the Caribbean in the last few years, it is good to hear that St. Lucia’s banana production should be up by 300 per cent, reports the Jamaica Observer:
St Lucia’s banana production may increase by a whopping 300 per cent if current production trends continue for this year, according to figured released here by marketing agents WINFRESH.
“If the current level of production is maintained, the island could see the production of almost 20,000 tonnes for 2017, which would be an over 300 percent increase compared to 2016 figures,” the islands Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph told reporters.
Joseph says the figures released by WINFRESH are “very encouraging” and called on farmers to continue to work diligently as government continues to expand the export market for the fruit.
“If we continue with what I am seeing, we might reach almost 20,000 tonnes for the year 2017 despite the fact that [for] the first quarter of 2017 …we were recovering from Tropical Storm Matthew, so that’s significant.”
Joseph disclosed that the country is hoping to add to its exports starting in January where it will send out 3,000 boxes of bananas to France on a weekly basis.
“They have given a commitment. They are still interested in purchasing our bananas, through of course, our established mechanism, that’s through Winfresh. So we are looking at starting sometime in January, where, January to March 2018 … That is another market that we have of course and we need to increase the production.” [. . .]