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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - The Ministry of Agriculture is working along with the St. Lucia Coconut Growers Association to address a mite infestation of coconut trees. The problem, which was discovered last year is said to be impacting negatively on production.

Chairman of the Association, Ezekiel Joseph said the height of the trees was making it difficult to undertake any meaningful spraying program: “We are still awaiting the ministry as to possible solutions to that situation. But also, as part of our five year strategic plan, we believe the time has come as an association to work hand in hand with government to undertake a rehabilitation program, because the last time we had a program like that was 30years ago”.

Mr. Joseph added that remedying the mite infestation problem was imperative, particularly as the association was seeking to diversify into new products.

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