The Ministry of Agriculture last week received the first batch of 25,000 banana plants from Rohan Meristem Incorporated in Israel.
These plants are a grant from the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP), which is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on a National Parrot Protection Programme and several Livelihood projects.
Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar, in thanking the ACTP, noted that the Government remains committed to working with all stakeholders in the banana industry to ensure that opportunities are continually created for Vincentian farmers to increase their productivity.
A total of 100,000 plants will be donated by the ACTP before year end. The assistance is valued at EC$250,000. This will allow for the replanting of 140 acres of bananas through “Operation Plant Back”