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DRUG THREAT IN BANANA WARS.

POLITICAL leaders in the Caribbean last night said their countries faced ruin as Europe looked set to back down in the banana war with America.

The Windward Isles, one of the areas biggest banana producers, warned that its farmers might turn to growing drug crops to survive.

The EU earlier promised to keep a World Trade Organisation ruling and stop imposing higher taxes on bananas brought in from the US.

The about turn came after America announ-ced punitive import taxes which would have put at risk 1,000 jobs in Scotland's cashmere woollens industry.

Now Dr Walter Francois, Industry Minister on St Lucia, says the jobs axe will fall in the Caribbean.

He added: "Some farmers will start growing marijuana."

THE Government yesterday welcomed a new pounds 300m gas-fired power station in Baglan Bay, South Wales, which could create 6,000 jobs.
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Author:Dillon, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 8, 1999
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