National Banana Policy

The Industry had been faced with many challenges including five major storms in five years, which culminated in the suspension of major exportation in 2008. Consequently, banana farmers, especially those in the traditional banana parishes such as Portland, St. Mary, St. James and St. Thomas, had been focusing mainly on the domestic market. However, many continued to show an interest in growing bananas for export and had maintained their operations up to standard in compliance with export demands in order to target high-end retail and hotel markets.

Early in 2009, a draft National Banana Policy was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in consultation with all stakeholders of the banana industry.  The proposed Policy was submitted to Cabinet for approval.  In June 2009, Cabinet proposed that the policy should be developed into a Green Paper but must be informed by more current data. Hence a market study was proposed to inform the policy and to address strengthening needs of the Banana Board.   The study to be commissioned by RADA / EUBSP was not accomplished in 2009.   In the interim, Cabinet endorsed the implementation of the Board’s lead role in the provision of services and facilitation of trade and certification standards in the industry.

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Banana Board
10 South Ave
Kingston Gardens
Kingston 4, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 922-5490
(876) 922-4327
Email: bananaboard@cwjamaica.com

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