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Local Banana Farmers are being urged to make a calculated shift into Pineapple Cultivation in order to capitalize on a major financial opportunity.

The call was made on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer of the Pine apple Cooperative Society Ltd Moses Renee, who informed that farmers stand to benefit significantly from a EU Project, if they can supply the demand for the exotic fruit.

Mr Renee explained that plans are in motion for the commissioning of a plant in neighboring Martinique for the production of pine apple wine and juices. But he says with the high demand, the economic benefits can only be derived, if more farmers invest in growing pineapples.

Mr Renee further explained that pine apple cultivation is more profitable than bananas. He adds that it will also open new markets and provide employment for several people.

According to Mr Renee, farmers only have a one year window to put their farms in order if they are to benefit from the opportunity.
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