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Saint Lucia Black Sigatoka Management Unit Working Towards GLOBALG.A.P. Certification

Saint Lucia Black Sigatoka Management Unit Working Towards GLOBALG.A.P. Certification

The Black Sigatoka Management Unit (BSMU) under the Saint Lucia Ministry of Agriculture, the cooperating agency with which the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) is implementing the Banana Black Sigatoka Disease Prevention and Treatment Project, has been undergoing auditing procedures since October this year to obtain the global Good Agriculture Practice (GLOBALG.A.P.) certification. The process is expected to be completed in December.

GLOBALG.A.P. is the world’s largest independent organization for the certification of agricultural products. More than 100 countries are using the standards as a benchmark for national food safety and sustainable agricultural practices. Banana production in Saint Lucia has already received the GLOBALG.A.P. certification; according to regulations, certified products need to be inspected every year in order to confirm their qualifications.

The coordinated disease management conducted by the BSMU is an important component of banana production in Saint Lucia. The BSMU, which is responsible for fungicide safety, was also included in the organizations audited this year. So far the GLOBALG.A.P. audit team has not reported any non-compliant aspects; if all goes well the BSMU is expected to pass inspection in December.

The success of the Banana Black Sigatoka Disease Prevention and Treatment Project in Saint Lucia has restored farmers’ confidence in the banana industry and prompted farmers to expand production area. In order to accommodate the increasing production, the Government of Saint Lucia is seeking new export markets. One such initiative is the exportation of bananas to France through its Caribbean territory of Martinique. Aside from the United Kingdom, Saint Lucia will trial exporting bananas to France, starting with 3000 boxes per month from January to March next year.


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  • Date:2016/11/25