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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Banana Productivity Improvement Project in St. Lucia
Project Description: The banana industry in St. Lucia was devastated by tropical storm Matthew in September, 2016. Thus, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development in St. Lucia requested technical assistance to help increase farmers’ productivity revitalize and revitalize the banana industry, in view of creating job opportunities and improving farmers’ revenue. The average banana production in St. Lucia is 12.5 tons/hectare, which is lower than the international standard 25 tons/hectare. There are multiple reasons for the low banana productivity in St. Lucia. Factors such as the impacts of natural disasters, natural environment and international trade conditions are excluded in this project, which will instead use technical to help improve production. The main components of the project include: (1) Improve the infrastructure of banana cultivation; (2) Promote dwarf variety of banana; (3) Improve cultivation management skills.


Implementation Start Date: 2018/3/1
Implementation End Date: 2021/12/31
Project Objectives: 1.Improve the infrastructure of banana cultivation
(1)Conducting dredging and drainage in 30 banana farms
(2)Establishing 1 demonstrative irrigation system
2.Promote dwarf variety of banana
(1)Introducing 3 dwarf varieties of banana
(2)Conducting 2 demonstrative and promoting events
3.Improve cultivation management skills
(1)Conducting 500 soil analysis in banana farms
(2)Providing 5,000 person-times in technical advisory services, including 12 workshops and 4,000 person-times field technical advisory services
Executing Agency: Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development (St. Lucia)
Taiwan Techical Mission in Saint Lucia
Current Progress: To the end of June 2019, the following activities have been completed:
1. Implement field technical advisory services and hold technical workshops to farmers in total of 2,507 people.
2. Implement soil sampling in 460 fields.
3. Guide 180 farmers to build up product traceability, package and postharvest techniques to obtain Global GAP certification.
4. Completed 2 places in Bexon/Deglos/Cul-De-Sac of drainage cleaning for banana irrigation areas.
5. Cultivated of short variety ‘Tai-Chiao No2’ plantlets from Taiwan, and set up a precision irrigation in the demonstration plot.
Project Contact: Wei-chen Tsai
Phone: (02)2873-2323 #215
E-mail: w.c.tsai@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: Increase banana production to 15 tons/ hectare
Mission: Taiwan Techical Mission in Saint Lucia
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Caribbean, St. Lucia
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2018/4/3
  • Date Updated:2019/8/5