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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Banana Revitalization Project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Project Description: The banana industry has high economic and social significance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; both the governing and opposition parties pay great attention to the industry’s development.
The banana industry in St. Vincent is unable to compete with Latin America in terms of volume of production and prices. In addition, the loss of the preferential treatment for Windward Islands Bananas by the UK and factors such as rugged terrain, high wage costs, traditional cultivation methods and the challenge of managing Black Sigatoka Disease due to limited resources has led to a reduction in banana production volume.
This project aims to address the key problem of low unit output, which can be addressed by technical improvement through upgrading farmers’ capability of cultivation management and the capacity of extension officers in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour.
The objective is to increase unit output to 25 tons per hectare (the international average) in the banana plantations receiving assistance.

Implementation Start Date: 2019/5/6
Implementation End Date: 2021/12/31
Project Objectives: Increase unit output of the banana farms receiving assistance to 25 tons/hectare (international average).
Executing Agency: 1.Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour
2.Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Vincent and Grenadines
Current Progress: To the end of October 2020, the following activities have been completed:
1. completed the signing of an Implementation Arrangement of the Banana Revitalization Project between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
2. Establish 1 demonstration farm in Orange Hill
3. Establish 3 demonstration field by farmers.
4. Hold 4 workshops for demonstration field achievement observation.
5. Promote rationalized fertilization area of 152 hectares.
6. Provide fungicides and mineral oils needed to control Black Sigatoka and strengthen the spraying of 149 hectares of banana plant.
7. Hold 7 training classes for farmers.
8. Train 3 extension officers to have the abilities of banana disease prediction and investigation.
9. Work with extension officers to survey, predict every week to build the
Epidemic notification system to notice farmers.
10. Soil analysis lab of the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for testing the soil of 80 hectares of banana field and generate the fertilizer recommendation for farmers based on the soil analysis results.
11. Introduce 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. Send 2 extension officer to Taiwan for training.
15. Produced 13187 banana tissue culture seedlings.
Project Contact: Wu, Cheng-Hsien
Phone: 886-2-28732323 ext. 237
E-mail: c.h.wu@icdf.org.tw
Signing Date: 2019/5/6
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Caribbean, St.Vincent and the Grenadines
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2019/5/10
  • Date Updated:2020/11/11