"banana plantations" Saint Lucia Things to Do Tip by camiellesbl
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When we arrived in st. lucia we decided to find a taxi driver and pay him to drive us around the sites for a day. I think I mentioned this earlier but not sure. Anyhow, our driver...Peter, took us all over st. lucia. We drove by the banana plantations and he told us how they farmed there. A banana plant only produces once in a lifetime. When the crop is harvested they cut the stalk in half and tie the upcoming baby (I think they call it a sucker) plant to it. They put bags around the growing bananas to keep them protected. There are color coded ribbons wrapped around the stalk so that the pickers will know which plants are ready for harvest. We stumbled upon this free growing banana tree as we stopped on the road to take pictures of the pitons. The banana industry used to be the number one industry for st. lucia and their shipments were sent to the U.K. Tourism is their number one source of income these days, but the farmers continue to do well.
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