The St Lucia government says it is encouraged by the talks held with an established buyer on the possibility of using Antigua as a distribution hub for the sale of bananas to countries in the region
“Currently, we are moving between 2 000 and 2 500 [boxes] per week. But we have asked for the possibility of increasing it to 8 000 because we believe the opportunity exists for additional distribution to Antigua, St Kitts, St Thomas and St Maarten,” Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development Minister, Alfred Prospere said.
Prospere had last year led a delegation in a bid to secure new and existing banana markets and, following the most recent research efforts by Export St Lucia and the National Fair Trade Organisation (NFTO), it landed a new market in Antigua with the first shipment of 460 boxes arriving in that Caribbean island at the end of last month.
“I applaud St Lucia’s farmers because the quality of the fruit exported was encouraging,” Prospere said.
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