Saint Lucia Set To Launch Import Substitution Programme

The Ministry of Agriculture, with the support of the government of Taiwan, will next year begin implementing an import substitution programme for a range of crops in an effort to reduce Saint Lucia’s food import bill.

Agriculture Minister, Ezechiel Joseph, made the disclosure Monday at a news conference.

“I can report here today that the government of Taiwan has approved with the government of Saint Lucia, a three-year project looking at the import substitution programme. We have identified seven crops because we can’t grow everything. We need to focus on what we can grow and grow it on a sustainable basis,” the minister announced.

Joseph, who is just back from an official visit to Taiwan,  identified the crops to be targetted in the import substitution programme as cucumbers, lettuce, sweet peppers, cabbages, watermelons, pineapples and cantaloupes.

According to the minister, Saint Lucia imports some seven million dollars of the crops identified on a yearly basis.

“We are identifying farmers that we know can grow these crops. We are going to give them the support and the new technology so we can grow these crops on a sustainable basis,” Joseph told reporters.

“One of the outcomes of our visit to Taiwan was looking at new technology. We are restructuring the Saint Lucia Marketing Board because that is critical, because farmers need a reliable market for them to be able to sell their produce on a timely basis,’ he stated.


  1. Carrots!! Please include carrots!! These vegetables are always in big demand. I hardly notice local carrots being sold here.

  2. Fix the marketing board first.So our farmers can get a good price for the products they sell.If you cant fix and control the hanky panky that goes on there?,its not worth even attempting to get something going.Farmers have to know what they are going to get,for what they are going to produce,and the price has to remain stable,not the up and downs,orchestrated by a few,to fill their pockets,on behalf of the farmers.

  3. Castries fisherman I know exactly what you are talking about.I went with two boxes of a product,and got paid.The following week I was back with four boxes.They paid me less because they said there was to mutch product on the market,my four boxes created the issue Cant make a honest living like this,I rather give it away to the girls in the market,and f…..k the Market Board.

    • Free man it is an issue of supply and demand. If everyone is selling the same thing supply is increased. With an increased supply the only way to offload what you’re trying to sell is to lower the price.

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