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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: Increase banana production to 15 tons/ hectare.
Executing Agency: 1.Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development (St. Lucia)
2.Taiwan Techical Mission in Saint Lucia
Current Progress: To the end of June 2020, the following activities have been completed:
1. completed the signing of MOU of the Banana Revitalization Project between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
2. Established 1 demonstration farm in Orange Hill.
3. Established 3 demonstration fields by farmers.
4. Held 2 workshops for achievement observation of demonstration fields.
5. Promoted rationalized fertilization area of 80 hectares.
6. Provided fungicides and mineral oils needed to control Black Sigatoka and strengthen the spraying of 80 hectares of banana plants.
7. Held 4 training classes for farmers.
8. Trained 3 extension officers to have the abilities of banana disease prediction and investigation.
9. Work with 3 extension officers to do survey, prediction weekly to establish the disease Outbreak notification system to inform farmers.
10. Soil analysis Lab of the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for testing the soil of 80 hectares of banana field so as to give the fertilizer recommendation for farmers based on the soil analysis results.
11. Introduced an integrated pest management (IPM) model.
12. Orange Hill Farm Tissue Training Office of the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for preparing banana healthy seedlings and start to produce for next year.
13. Output 1 English version of banana cultivation management manual.
14. Sent 2 extension officers to Taiwan for training.
Project Contact: Gillian Lin
Phone: +886-2-28732323 ext. 216
E-mail: ch.lin@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: 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
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:2020/8/28