Agriculture Ministry continue to provide quality seeds to farmers: PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, during the recent episode of the Annoue Pale on Sunday discussed the achievements of his government in various sectors, including agriculture, sports, education, infrastructure and more.

Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, during the recent episode of the Annoue Pale on Sunday discussed the achievements of his government in various sectors, including agriculture, sports, education, infrastructure and more.

While outlining the accomplishments of the Dominican government in the agriculture sector, he noted the significance of the sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the island.

PM Skerrit stated that besides the interventions made under the 67 million dollar Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project, the Dominican government also invested in Tree Crop Expansion.

He added that the government also actively pursued the restoration and extension of the cocoa subsector and informed that the work is currently ongoing on a cocoa propagation shade structure at the Woodford Hill Agricultural Station, which would contribute a total of 25,000 cocoa plants for the planting seasons.

Following the statement, PM Skerrit noted that the Agricultural Ministry improved production and productivity by providing small-scale farmers with access to affordable inputs, quality seeds, planting materials of suitable crop varieties.

The Dominican government while boosting the agricultural sector of the island, also brought the youth and women of the rural areas to join the sector.

The Prime Minister further noted that an estimated 2,875 acres of crops were planted during the year under review. These crops include – root crops, vegetables, bananas and plantain.

The farmers have obtained marketable yield, which produced over 85 million in revenue for the years 2020 and 2021.

PM Skerrit further added that the Chinese Agricultural mission has been very effective in the national backyard gardening programme during the initial starting of the COVID-19 pandemic in Dominica.

The Prime Minister further highlighted the Dominica-China Modern Agricultural Centre and stated that the centre had propagated a large number of high-quality vegetables, horticultural and fruit-tree seedlings, which has also helped to boost the agricultural sector.

Following the statement, PM Skerrit provided data and noted that from January 2020 to May 2021, more than 490,000 high-quality vegetable seedlings, over 17,000 flower seedlings and above 2,000 fruit trees had been propagated.

He noted that the government also invested in livestock development, banana and plantain subsector and in the fisheries sector.

PM Skerrit also informed that in the upcoming year, the Dominican government is expecting to witness the restoration of the Roseau and Marigot Fisheries Complexes with the assistance of Japan government.