ON March 25th, 2019 some 50 banana farmers were the proud recipients of farm toilets from the Taiwan Technical Mission.
The donation of the farm toilets form part of an ongoing support programme by the Taiwan Technical Mission and the Ministry of Agriculture designed to help banana farmers obtain Global Gap certification and gain access to the international banana market.
In a brief handing over ceremony, Chief of Taiwan Technical Mission Mr. Mario Cheng recognized the worth of the farmers’ efforts and the desire to improve the work environment. He emphasized that his Mission was pleased to make a small contribution to help the farmers obtain certification, particularly for the health, dignity and well-being of all, through sustainable sanitation.
Certification, he notes will enable the farmers to not only sell their fruits in the international markets but more importantly will help improve their income, change their lives and the lives of their families.
Also addressing the ceremony was Project Manager Kerde Severin of the Banana Productivity Improvement Project. Mr. Severin thanked the Taiwan Technical Mission for the support it has provided to the Ministry of Agriculture and the banana industry in particular. Severin said the presentation of the farm toilets was another expression of the Government of Taiwan’s warm-hearted nature.
The ceremony which took place at La Caye was attended by the technical staff of the International Coorporation and Development Fund (ICDF) Banana Productivity Improvement Project and banana farmers.