Over the last two weeks, some 110 St. Lucia banana farmers attended two special workshops, organized and conducted by the Taiwan Technical Mission in collaboration with the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives.
The BPIP, in conjunction with the Taiwan Technical Mission embarked on a trial with the new variety of banana plants believed to be better suited to withstand strong winds and adapted to climate change.
The workshops were held at the Union Demonstration Farm and the Orchid Garden conference room on September 14 and 21. They were set up to expose banana farmers to a new banana variety introduced to Saint Lucia by the Taiwan Technical Mission.
The ‘Tai-Chiao No.2’ as it is called, is an initiative to further improve banana production in Saint Lucia.
In late 2018 the Taiwan Technical Mission imported the ‘Tai-Chiao No.2’ tissue cultured plants from Taiwan. Over the past twenty months, these plants have acclimatized and continued to grow in Agricultural Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 7, and Region 8, in total of 7 trial plots. In June 2019, a demonstration plot with both plants of ‘Tai-Chiao No.2’ and ‘Valery’ was established at Union. After completion of surveys, the results reveal that this new variety is shorter height, less prone to wind damage, and produce fruits faster.