A three-week trial shipment of bananas from Saint Lucia to the French market began last week.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet made the announcement on his official Facebook page.
One thousand boxes weekly will be shipped during the trial period and once the trial is successfully completed, 3000 boxes are expected to be shipped weekly, it has been reported.
The Saint Lucia Prime Minister recalled that a few weeks ago he and Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph led a trade mission to meet with strategic banana partners in Europe.
“During our trip we were able to identify new markets and opportunities whilst forging partnerships to ensure that the Saint Lucia brand of banana will have more visibility on the UK market,” Chastanet stated.
“Another success from this trip was the commencement of supplying bananas to the French market,’ he disclosed.
For his part, the Agriculture Minister explained that while the government is committed to ensuring wider market access for farmers, the farmers in turn must take steps to keep production consistent and up to standard that would make the exports competitive.