A Taiwanese plan to help banana growers in St. Lucia could soon get an official launch. That's according to diplomatic sources.
The Caribbean nation of St. Lucia is one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Bananas are one the country's chief exports. However, the country's banana growers have seen their bananas devastated by the fungal disease black sigatoka. The current outbreak began in 2010 and has left around 70% of the country's bananas infected. Natural disasters have since added to local banana growers' problems.
During the first quarter of the year, a Taiwanese plan to fight the outbreak brought the infection down rate to its target of 20%. Taiwan is now ready to launch another plan to help local farmers recover their banana yields.
Taiwan has asked St. Lucia to focus initial recovery efforts on a few specific banana-growing areas. This is in order to prevent a sudden increase in production that might lead to a glut on the market. According to sources, Taiwan and St. Lucia could sign an agreement launching the plan into action as soon as St. Lucia decides on which areas it wants to make a priority.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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