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Grenada banana farmers see increased demand after Dean wiped out other islands' crops

Grenada banana farmers see increased demand after Dean wiped out other islands' crops

Regional demand for bananas from this southern Caribbean island has boomed after Hurricane Dean devastated plantations in other Caribbean nations, a trade official said Tuesday.
Banana farmers in Grenada have been swamped with requests from regional buyers that normally purchase the fruit from islands farther north, said Roderick St. Clair, an officer with the island's marketing board.
"Within the last week, we had a significant amount of buyers who want us to fill the void," said St. Clair, adding that Grenada usually only exports bananas to Trinidad and Tobago.
Entire plantations were ruined in Jamaica, St. Lucia and Dominica when Dean barreled through the region, causing millions of dollars (euros) in damages and harming fragile Caribbean economies.
Roughly 20,000 banana workers across the region were left jobless by the tropical storm's destructive passage.


Updated : 2021-02-26 20:57 GMT+08:00