Banana Industry continues to recover

Data from the Planning Institute of  Jamaica (PIOJ) has revealed that Jamaica's banana industry has made further recovery.
The Economic and Social Survey Jamaica 2016, tabled this week in the House of  Representatives, shows that 58,702 tonnes were produced during the year compared to 54,810 tonnes in 2015 - this is the third consecutive year of  increase.
The increase in banana production was attributed to favourable weather conditions, as well as the continuation of  the Banana Export  Expansion Programme.
During the year 371.6 tonnes of  the fruit were exported compared with 288 tonnes in 2015.
Meanwhile, coffee production is also on the rebound.
For the 2015/16 crop year, the volume of  coffee berries delivered to processing plants grew by 31.7 per cent to 7,580 tonnes compared with the previous crop year.
The PIOJ says the upturn in coffee production was attributed mainly to higher prices received by farmers for their berries which stimulated improved management practices and a decline in the Coffee Leaf Rust disease.

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