St. Vincent & the Grenadines has an annual import bill of nearly EC 1 million dollars, on average, for the importation of Onions.
According to trade statistics obtained from the government’s statistical unit, over the past five years (2012 to 2016), this country spent, on average, nine hundred and eighty two thousand, five hundred and thirty four dollars and eighty cents on the importation onions.
Most of the Onions are imported from the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and a considerable amount from Trinidad & Tobago.
The statistics show that in 2016, this country spent one million and fifty eight thousand and eighty five dollars on Onion imports.
Recently, concerns have been raised by persons in the Agriculture sector here, that a program is needed to restart the growing of Onions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A few local farmers, however, are trying to ramp up local Onion production, particularly in the Rose Hall Community in North Leeward.