Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador Re­as­sures Ba­nana In­dus­try Stake­hold­ers of Con­tin­ued Sup­port

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The Third Stake­holder Project Com­ple­tion and Eval­u­a­tion Work­shop of the Saint Lu­cia-Tai­wan Black Si­ga­toka Man­age­ment Project was held at Or­chid Cen­tre, Union Prop­a­ga­tion Sta­tion on March, 29 2017.

At the cer­e­mony, His Ex­cel­lency Dou­glas Shen, Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to Saint Lu­cia gave as­sur­ance that his Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue sup­port­ing ef­forts to re­vi­tal­ize the ba­nana in­dus­try in Saint Lu­cia. Am­bas­sador Shen said, “Last week, on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan), I handed over the Aqua­cul­ture Project, which made Saint Lu­cia the lead­ing aqua­cul­ture coun­try in the Eastern Caribbean re­gion, to the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. To­day, I am more than happy to wit­ness again an­other suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of our bi­lat­eral agri­cul­ture co­op­er­a­tion project, Ba­nana Black Si­ga­toka Man­age­ment Project (BSMP).”

Am­bas­sador Shen noted that the project has not only ef­fec­tively con­trolled the ba­nana dis­ease, but has al­ready dou­bled the growth in the ex­port of Saint Lu­cia’s ba­nanas. The suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the BSMP pro­gramme has be­come a WTO case study, cur­rently serv­ing as a model for in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­ture co­op­er­a­tion.

John Cal­ixte, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Co-op­er­a­tives, spoke on be­half of the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Hon­ourable Ezechiel Joseph, and ex­pressed that the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia was pleased with the pos­i­tive im­pact of the BSMP project in con­trol­ling and man­ag­ing the black si­ga­toka dis­ease. He stated fur­ther that the project cre­ated the plat­form for farmers and other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to fo­cus on the re­cov­ery and re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the ba­nana in­dus­try, with em­pha­sis on in­creas­ing farm yields and pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els.

At­tend­ing the work­shop were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tions, ex­porters and sup­port­ing agen­cies of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries, Physical Plan­ning, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Co-op­er­a­tives. ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the project, and called on the gov­ern­ments of Saint Lu­cia and Tai­wan to con­tinue their sup­port for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, given the un­de­ni­able im­pact such in­vest­ments have on em­ploy­ment and ru­ral econ­omy in par­tic­u­lar.

His Ex­cel­lency Dou­glas Shen, Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to Saint Lu­cia.

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