Dominica is seeking to resume export of bananas to the United Kingdom, two years after it stopped because of the dreaded Black Sigatoka disease.
Agriculture Minister Johnson Drigo said meetings are being held with various stakeholders, including farmers, as the island seeks to recover from the leaf spot disease characterized by tiny, chlorotic spots that appear on the bottom surface of the leaf.
“We are rapidly establishing the banana unit…there are meetings going on across the island, meeting core farmers specially targeted for the export market,” he said.
He said the targeted farmers will receive all the support needed and that farmers are now able to purchase inputs at reduced prices.
“As of this week we are selling fertilizer to the farmers at a reduced price…all in an effort for assist the banana and plantain farmers in rehabilitating their farms,” he added.
In January 2015, Winfresh (UK) Limited announced that it had halted banana exports from Dominica into the UK because of the fungus.