Saint Lucia farmers in communities island-wide will benefit from special assistance from the Government of Morocco in the procurement of much needed agricultural inputs.
The Moroccan Government has committed to supplying Saint Lucia with two hundred tons of fertiliser annually to aid with the island’s banana production.
The assistance was secured by the island`s Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Investment Honuorable Alva Baptiste following a visit to Morroco where he held meetings with high level government officials in December 2012.
“Inputs come at a great cost to our farmers and so we are going to get two hundred tons of fertiliser every year to assist our farmers to reduce the unit cost of producing bananas so as a government we are doing all in our power to make new friends for Saint Lucia so that we are able to survive in this hostile environment”.
Minister Baptiste says government is also exploring the possibility accessing scholarships for Saint Lucian students to study in Morocco. This the minister is one of government top priorities.
“I don’t want you to forget that Japan owes its phenomenal growth as an Industrial power to education and Russia mounted from the status of a poor underdeveloped country to developed country and super power mainly on the wings of education so certainly this aspect of mobilising scholarships for the country is of tremendous significance”.
Minister Baptiste says the government and people of Saint Lucia are extremely grateful for the commitment of Morocco to providing special assistance to the island.