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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 January 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.Established one model farm and three model field for demonstration to farmers.
3.Conducted rationalized fertilization to 103.2 hectares of banana field.
4.Provide fungicides and mineral oil needed to control Panama disease and conduct spraying to 80 hectares of banana farms.
5.held 5 farmers’ training courses.
6.Trained 3 cooperating unit promoters to possess disease prediction and investigation capabilities.
Hold two observation and promotion tours.
7.Conduct field surveys with extension staff every week to predict disease status and establish a reporting system to inform farmers.
8.Carried out 80 hectares of banana plantation fertility test and recommend farmers according to the fertilizer application scale.
9.Introduce integrated pest management (IPM) model
10.Assisted the tissue culture lab of Orange Mountain Farm of the Ministry of Agriculture in producing healthy banana seedlings for annual use.
11.Edited Banana Cultivation Management English version Manual.
12.Two extension staff of farmers' association went to Taiwan for training.
Project Coordinator Name: Gillian Lin
Project Coordinator Phone: 886-2-28732323 ext. 216
Project Coordinator E-mail: ch.lin@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:2020/5/25