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St. Lucia's Banana Exports Hit Record Low

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Castries, St. Lucia (AP) - Exports of bananas from this eastern Caribbean island fell to a record low in 2005 as more farmers left the industry because of increased competition and the region's looming loss of preferential treatment in the key European market, officials said Friday.

St. Lucia exported 30,970 tons (28,096 metric tons) of the fruit, a 28 percent decline from 2005, according to the Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company.

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