Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says over the last three years Saint Lucia’s agricultural sector has seen tremendous growth despite the setbacks from climate change.
Writing on his official Facebook page Sunday, Chastanet disclosed that the number of farmers has increased from 230 to 643.
He said acreage under cultivation has increased from 1,117 to 2,669.
“The number of farmers exporting fruits to the United Kingdom has also increased from 195 to 291 farmers currently,” the PM added.
“We are also at an advanced stage of the Food Import Substitution Programme which will see increased Government support to increase the local production of cucumbers, lettuce, sweet peppers, cabbages, watermelons, pineapples and cantaloupes,” Chastanet declared.
He explained that a lot of the success achieved thus far in agriculture can be attributed to the committed farmers, Ministry of Agriculture Officers and very importantly, Saint Lucia’s friends from Taiwan all working together.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen ended a state visit here last week, promising that her country will continue to cooperate with Saint Lucia and help it achieve its development goals while praising the efforts of Taiwan’s diplomatic and agricultural personnel in the country.