(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)
The connotation that Saint Lucians should eat more bananas (ripe and green) can best be contextualized from the concept of consumption versus food processing, snack processing, infant formula, increasing from the export of bananas, to milling in terms of flour production, to mulching in relation to the enacted soil (the banana tree stem) and (animal husbandry), livestock grazing, etc.
Saint Lucia is known for its majestic Piton Mountains, drive-in volcano, refreshing waterfalls, spectacular hiking trails, beautiful beaches, local street parties and exclusive restaurants.
Saint Lucia is also known for its national dish consisting of green bananas and Dirty fish known locally as green figs and salt fish: salt cod that has been cured with dry salt, soaked overnight and preserved.
The banana industry has experienced a major crisis due to extreme weather conditions (hurricane, drought, infestation), a protracted banana dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and market liberalization giving increased access to bananas from Latin American growers, thereby increasing competition in the UK market.
Saint Lucia has gradually declined since the heyday of green gold and stakeholders are struggling to maintain the viability of the industry. It has been difficult to compete in the UK market with their fair trade brand and control disease affecting the crop.
Report on a visit to the United Kingdom by the Minister for Agriculture, Alfred Prospere; and the Minister of Commerce, Emma Hippolyte, the Ministry of Agriculture, addressed the collaboration on export diversification and the vulnerability of Saint Lucia’s agricultural sector.
With the current setbacks of banana export market, Agriculture Minister Prospere stressed the importance of export diversification and expansion of manufacturing exports where comparative advantage exists, saying: “There is still hope, but Producers need to understand that in order to continue business with supermarkets in the UK, quality standards need to be met. I want to call on our farmers to make sure this remains their top priority.”
On February 22, Saint Lucia will celebrate its 43rd Independence Day under the theme” Douvan Ansanm-Celebrating our people”.
It’s a great opportunity for Saint Lucians to look beyond the horizon, eat, grow, export and seek new endeavors to use the bananas seen all over the island. .
Recently, the creativity that produces the Mims on social media displays a level of creativity for advancement in “youth economy”, diversification of agriculture and trade (export trade).
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