Agriculture Ministry Saint Lucia restarts banana exports

Saint Lucia’s Minister for Agriculture has stated that the fortunes of Saint Lucia’s banana industry are changing for the better: “I am happy to report that we have recommenced the shipment of bananas to the UK for the past nine weeks. To date, we were able to restore production levels to our contractual obligations of 2000 boxes a week as of the end of July 2022. The hard work and commitment of our farmers, field officers, the Banana Task Force and the NFTO have paid off.”

However, the minister also said there was still work to be done: “The UK banana market is highly competitive. Once you lose your spot on the market shelves, it becomes an uphill battle to regain that position. Farmers, we must focus on keeping with international standards in order to gain a competitive advantage.”


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