Bermuda banana shortage expected to ease by June

Bermuda is experiencing a shortage of bananas owing to global demand for refrigerated containers. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed the shortage which it said is expected to be temporary and is not related to crop disease as has been the case in the past.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs said: “DENR is aware of the shortage of bananas in the island's grocery stores and can confirm that it is not due to disease affecting banana crops. Instead, the supplier has been experiencing logistical issues acquiring and shipping refrigerated containers which is consistent with challenges facing all global shippers. This shortage is expected to be temporary, with the next confirmed shipment of bananas leaving Costa Rica on Saturday, May 2, and arriving in Bermuda on Monday, June 6 barring any unforeseen importation issues.”

“Further, the local supplier is confident that a steady biweekly shipment of bananas will resume in June. The DENR continues to work closely with the local supplier and overseas entities to ensure the island's biosecurity is not compromised.“

Source: royalgazette.com


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