Antigua & Barbuda has given the green light for oranges to be imported from the US state of Florida following Hurricane Maria in Dominica last year which created a shortage here.
The Dominica plants will not be able to re-supply the Antigua citrus market until mature plants begin to bear fruit more than a year from today.
According to the government, a new study has revealed that citrus fruit imports from St. Lucia would not hurt citrus plants in Antigua.
“Having kept the fruit off the tables for about one year, the officials also decided that importation of oranges from Florida would also be permitted to enter Antigua,” it was announced after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.
The government promised that a list of all the pests that trouble the Florida citrus fruit production will soon be forthcoming.
“However, the Cabinet was persuaded that the danger to Antigua’s citrus fruit plants was de minimis and there was agreement that importation can commence.”