(iWitness News) Vincentian banana farmers prefer to export their fruit to the regional rather than United Kingdom market.
That’s the word from Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar in response to a question from Member of Parliament for East Kingstown, Arnhim Eustace last Thursday.
Eustace asked Caesar to tell Parliament when the government intends to restart sales of bananas to the United Kingdom.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has not made significant exports of bananas to the United Kingdom — previously its main market for the fruit — for years.
Caesar said that banana stakeholders have the option to trade on the regional and extraregional markets and some have chosen to invest in ripening rooms for local consumption.
He said the government has budgeted resources to facilitate production of bananas for trade to both export and local markets and these resources are channelled through the Banana Services Unit.