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Friday,  December 11, 2009  The Saint Lucia government with the support of the Banana Trust and the government of Taiwan is working ardently to improve the earning potential of small farmers in Choiseul.


Parliamentary representative for Choiseul/Saltibus, Honourable Rufus Bousquet says he is elated at the progression of work on a new irrigation system which is being constructed to replace a demolished facility used by farmers during the dry season.


Minister Bousquet says, his constituency’s acquisition of this system will prove timely as Saint Lucia continues its thrust towards agricultural diversification.


“With the assistance of the Banana Trust  over 1 million dollars was spent to assist the government with construction of a tank with 100,000 gallon storage capacity and all the pipes and other infrastructure needed to irrigate well over 600 acres of land. The Taiwanese government was able to supply labour and heavy machinery so that the pipes can be run throughout the Delcer, Industry and La Pointe areas,” explained minister Bousquet.


Construction of the Choiseul irrigation system is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2010.

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