Banana Farmers to benefit from $53m BEEP Support

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Banana Farmers in Trinity, St. Mary are expected to benefit from just over $53-million in donations under the Banana Export Expansion Programme, BEEP, supported by the European Union.

The donation is expected to extend infrastructural support to the farmers.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, says this will help farmers in achieving best practices.

Meanwhile, Minister Hutchinson says the banana industry is rebounding and generating jobs in St. James, Portland and St. Mary.

He says strategies implemented by the Banana Board resulted in the production of 55,000 tonnes of the fruit in 2015, a 3-percent increase over the previous year.

Jamaica earned USD$160-million from banana exports last year, a 51-percent increase.

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