French Research Institutes at the Department of Cooperation : Official visit of Ms Claire Amar, agronomist researcher attached to CIRAD Martinique (31st January - 1st February 2012)
On 31st January and 1st February 2012, the French Embassy to the OECS Member States was part of a visit to St Lucia by Ms Claire Amar, agronomist, carrying out research for the Martinique office of the Centre of International Co-operation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), institution specialized in agronomic research in the region.
The purpose of the mission of Ms Amar was the follow-up of the regional co-operation programme “Sustainable Banana in the Caribbean”, “InterReg” type project which began in 2010 devoted to co-operation in the fight against diseases affecting the banana field and in particular against the Black Sigatoka. The Union of Banana Production Groups of Guadeloupe and Martinique (UGPBAN), of which CIRAD is a partner, is the project manager of this programme which is funded by the European Commission.
During her mission in St Lucia, Miss Amar noted the progress of the work carried out on new hybrids of banana trees resistant to the Black Sigatoka, established by CIRAD and also evaluated the significant expansion of the disease in the plantations before meeting the local counterparts in the presence of the Minister for Agriculture, the Permanent Secretary and Ambassador PROM.
Other missions of training (farming fights – reasoned cuttings) and of evaluation of the hybrids are planned for the current year.