The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia, there is good news for farm­ers in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties as four ma­jor agri­cul­tural feeder roads are set to re­ceive at­ten­tion un­der a pro­ject be­ing funded by the Euro­pean Union (EU). The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of th­ese roads will be a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for the vi­tal agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

The Of­fice of the Na­tional Au­tho­riz­ing Of­fi­cer is for­mally so­lic­it­ing bids for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and upgrade of roads in Bois Canon, Mi­coud; Morne Cayenne, Vieux Fort; Cardi/Com­pare, Den­nery; and Migh­ney-Der­ache, Soufriere.

The goal of the pro­ject is to im­prove the mo­tora­bil­ity of roads used by farm­ers in the af­fected ar­eas. This will help con­sol­i­date the gains made in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in re­cent years, and im­prove ac­cess by farm­ers to their farms, par­tic­u­larly those who con­tinue in the ba­nana sec­tor.

The Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia has re­peat­edly demon­strated its com­mit­ment to bol­ster­ing lo­cal ba­nana cul­ti­va­tion. Ba­nanas re­main the is­land’s main ex­port crop, ac­count­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 20% of all ex­port earn­ings.

Un­der the EU Agri­cul­tural Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (ATP), fi­nanc­ing is be­ing pro­vided to the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia in the sum of EC$37 mil­lion to sup­port what is known as the Ba­nana Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Mea­sures (BAM).

The ten­der dossier is avail­able from the Of­fice of the Ba­nana In­dus­try Trust Cor­po­ra­tion, Unit #11 Amer­i­can Dry­wall Build­ing, Vide Bouteille, Cas­tries. The rel­e­vant bid doc­u­ments have also been pub­lished on the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia web­site at­ders. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion of ten­ders is Fe­bru­ary 23rd, 2016.

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