Haiti's First Big Organic Banana Crop Enters Euro zone

The first crop of organic bananas has been harvested, and is on its way to Europe and parts of the Caribbean. A German cargo ship docked at the coastal city of Cap Haitien to pick up and transport 100 tons of organic bananas. Before the ship left Haiti, German quality assurance professionals examined the load of 8,000 bunches of bananas.


AGRITRANS, part of an agriculture association, is elated it has met the challenge to permit it to export organic bananas to the Euro zone market. In two years time, AGRITRANS expects 450 containers of organic bananas to be exported every week to Europe.

The fruition of the organic bananas plan has been ten years in the making. Ex-CEO of AGRITRANS, Jovenel Moise, has shepherded the project and made his first presentation, regarding the project, to an audience at University Henry Christophe in 2013.

The project began in Trou-du-Nord and continues to thrive there, with 3,000-plus peasants taking part. The second planting for harvest numbers two million seedlings to cover 1,000 or more hectares.

More modern technology will be brought to bear: state-of-the-art agricultural machines, irrigation pumps, a man-made lake filled with 700,000 gallons of water, and the potential of 3,000 more employment opportunities.

The Haitian government has partnered with the Industrial Development Fund to fund the ongoing project for six million dollars. Another $15 million is intended to help AGRITRANS become stronger. The entire cost of the project comes to $27 million.

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