After six weeks of negotiations, banana farmers in South Africa’s Mpumalanga and the Northern Province have sent their first 45,000-carton batch of bananas to Libya. Eventually, the monthly export should reach 100,000 cartons per month.
The bananas are being shipped to Libya from Maputo harbor in Mozambique. According to Wikus Joubert, head of the Banana Growers Association, South African experts had developed ways of ensuring that the fruit did not get ripe at sea. "One of the conditions is that the fruit should ripen only after reaching Libya," he told the African Eye news service.
Joubert noted that the Libyan side had demanded a strict set of conditions and requirements, including the size of the fruit, its quality and the method by which it is packed. ― (MENA Report)
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