Roseau, Dominica: The Dominica Export Import Agency has purchased and installed a state-of-the-art, industrial-grade multi-fruit extractor for processing and pulping of these fruits for local juicing companies and for sale on the export markets.
The Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security of Dominica shared the update and stated that farmers engaged in the production of passionfruit, mangoes, guavas, and even pineapples get ready for commercial processing and pulping.
The multi-fruit pulper is housed at DEXIA’s Multi-Purpose Packhouse in Fond Cole.
The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) is known as a statutory body of the government. It was established by Act No. 14 with the aim to act as a trade and promotions agency. It was launched to develop Dominica’s export sector and also focused on Agriculture, Tourism, Agro-processing, Cultural Industries, Energy as well as Professional Business Services.
Earlier, the Ministry of Blue economy also introduces the Dragon Fruit. The fruit is described as a blend between the kiwi and the pear; when ripened has a soft texture with a mild sweet flavour.
Dragon fruit, along with cantaloupes, cherry tomatoes and other exotics, has been introduced to the local crop mix thanks to the Chinese Technical Agricultural Mission -One Mile Portsmouth.
Besides this, the Ministry of Blue Economy also collaborated with Naval Architect and Boat Builder Derrick Menezes and held training boat builders in modern boat building techniques to update their skills and build the capacity to construct vessels which are sea-worthy, climate resilient and modernized.
Fishermen will now have the option to purchase a boat that is made from a uniformed pattern which is built locally and not have to import these modernized units. Fourteen (14) boat builders are being trained along with their workshop apprentices.
The training is being undertaken by the Project Implementation Unit of the Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project with assistance from the Fisheries Division.