THE Taiwanese Mission in Saint Lucia continues to support the efforts of local banana farmers on the island to obtain Global GAP Certification.
This was evident at a small ceremony at which Head of Mission Mario Cheng presented 150 first aid kits to Project Manager of the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) Kerde Severin.
In presenting the kits to the BPIP Project Manager, Cheng said that the Taiwanese Mission was delighted to offer its support. He noted the importance of health and safety in the production and marketing of bananas, and said he was happy that these kits will help more farmers gain access to the UK market, thereby improving their livelihoods and assuring food security for several families.
The kits which will be passed onto several banana farmers who are currently being prepared for Certification will help them meet the health and safety requirements to obtain Global GAP Certification.
All banana farms must be Global GAP Certified to sell fruits on the UK and French (international) market. The ceremony took place at the offices of the BPIP last Friday.