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Supporting livelihoods and creating new revenue streams for rural farmers are the primary objectives of an ongoing programme for the privatization of Christmas Tree production and sales.

For over fifty years, the production and sale of natural Christmas tress has been the sole prerogative of the Forests and Lands Resources Development Department of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.

Assistant Chief Forestry Officer Mr Alfred Prosper says after review, the authorities thought it necessary to take a policy decision for the privatization of Christmas Tree production and sales.

In support of the privatization programme, the Department of Forestry Department is working with five farmers in Soufriere, Dennery, Monchy and Marckey as as part of a pilot phase.

The Assistant Chief Forestry Officer says the selected farmers receive technical assistance and support including a quota of seedlings at no cost.

Christmas trees continue to be an integral part of the festive tradition in Saint Lucia.
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