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First shipment of bananas from Jamaica to Trinidad leaves Christmas day

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 9:05 AM
Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda (right) inspects bananas for export with General Manager, The Banana Board, Janet Conie. - JIS Photo

A shipment of 36,000 pounds of bananas, which were loaded yesterday in Kingston, is to depart for Trinidad and Tobago on Monday.

The green bananas, which have been packed into 900 boxes, will be the first of weekly shipments to that country over the next six months.

In preparation for next week’s shipment, the packages were placed in the container yesterday at the Agriculture Export Centre (AMC Complex), located on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

The produce was then inspected by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda.

The Minister said he is buoyed by the shipment, which represents the Government’s work to redevelop the banana industry and boost exports of the produce.

He noted that this is also in keeping with the thrust to enter new markets, beginning with CARICOM.