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EU money to strengthen banana industry

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

CONTRARY TO reports that Jamaica's pending International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiations would effectively derail other funding to the agricultural sector, in particular the banana industry, that is not the case, according to European Union Ambassador Paola Amadei.

Amadei, head of delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Cayman Islands, has assured the All-Island Banana Growers' Association (AIBGA) that the IMF negotiations would not affect the line of funding earmarked for the farmers' organisation.

"This is good for us because we are definitely hoping that come January 2013, this other phase of the grant would be rolled out," Grethel Sessing, president of the AIBGA, told The Gleaner following Wednesday's grant contract signing for €180,000 (J$20.7m) to facilitate its institutional strengthening and capacity building.