Saint Lucia's new ambassador to Taiwan, Robert Kennedy Lewis, has stated he will work to strengthen ties in the fields of agriculture and education. Lewis said in an email Wednesday that his country would seek to continue its collaboration with Taiwan in agriculture, particularly through introducing technology to Saint Lucian farms to "give our farmers more help in acquiring the machinery and tools needed in modern agricultural practice."
Agriculture is a critical industry to the economy of Saint Lucia as the Caribbean country is a big producer and exporter of bananas. According to Lewis, Taiwan's help in sustaining that industry is always appreciated. With this aid, Saint Lucia has increased the yields of many fruits and vegetables, especially watermelon and pineapple, Lewis said, adding that Taiwan has also helped introduce the cultivation of wax apples.