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The St. Lucia government says there is need for a new cadre of farmers if the island is to take advantage of the new emerging markets globally.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says currently, the local banana industry was in no condition to maximise emerging opportunities as the black sigatoka disease had taken a toll on plantations forcing some farmers to abandon their farms.
Anthony further says the cost of inputs and production had become exorbitant, even though the government was subsidising prices.
However, he says there were possibilities that the industry should seek to exploit.