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Jamaica gets green light to export bananas to T&T

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier has disclosed that Jamaica has been given the green light to export bananas to Trinidad & Tobago.

Kellier says the clearance was granted last week after Jamaica obtained phyto-sanitary approval.

And he says Jamaica plans to begin exporting bananas to the twin-island republic in the coming months.

Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the ‘Eat Jamaican Month’ Campaign on Wednesday, at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s downtown Kingston offices.

Meanwhile, the agriculture minister has indicated that Jamaica is set to increase its export of bananas to the United Kingdom.

He discloses that a contract has been signed with a UK entity for the supply of one container of bananas per week, which is expected to increase to 10 containers over time.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

In June, Jamaica resumed banana shipments to the UK after a six-year absence from that market, because of the devastating effects of several hurricanes on the sector and changes in the preferential agreement with Europe.


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