Saint Lucia plans to ‘significantly’ increase efforts to reduce its food import bill with the help of this country’s Taiwanese friends, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed.
In a post on his Facebook page, Chastanet observedthat in order to achieve this, there will be a focus on improving the production of 7 key fruits and vegetables whilst limiting their importation.
“We will also be strengthening the linkages with hotels and our farmers to help increase their market,” the former Tourism Minister disclosed.
According to the PM, climate change adaptation is also very high on the agenda.
He asserted that there is need to give current and future farmers the support to minimise the effects of hurricanes, droughts and flooding.
“My Government remains committed to improving the conditions for farmers and to providing greater opportunities for their participation and success in our economy,” Chaastanet stated.
He described Taiwan, which will assist in reducing Saint Lucia’s food import bill, as having been ‘a very good and reliable friend’ to this country since diplomatic relations were resumed in 2007.
“They have assisted us in fighting the black sigatoka disease, contributed annually to the Constituency Development Programme, provided assistance in helping increase banana production, assistance with GiNet- The Government’s island-wide wireless internet project and many many more areas,” Chastanet recalled.