Friday 25 September, 2020

Fedee addresses the plight of banana farmers in Anse La Raye/Canaries

Farmers in St Lucia are facing the challenge of generating an income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While government has allocated funds to support banana farmers, other farmers are being cared for under the national feeding program.

Parliamentary Representative for the Anse La Raye/Canaries constituency, Dominic Fedee, visited the constituency this week to ascertain their plight during the COVID-19 pandemic and has a special message for farmers. 

Several farmers are heavily reliant on the tourism industry as a form of income, but with the island’s borders closed from March 23 2020, the domino effect of closed properties and joblessness have left some farmers with little to no income. 

Impacted non-banana farmers are being cared for under Government’s national feeding program. 

Tourism, which contributes to 65 percent of the island’s GDP, is preparing for a phased reopening under the guidance of the Department of Health and Wellness as the indispensable contribution of tourism is critical to the revitalization of the economy. 

The Government of Saint Lucia has stated that all efforts are being made to see the agriculture sector flourish beyond its current capacity.

The aim is to reduce the food import bill and adopt more of the “Buy Local” approach, thus ensuring an income for farmers and longevity of the sector.

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