Dominica plans to export farine on large scale amid the its high demand: Ian Douglas

Dominica plans to export farine on large scale amid the its high demand: Ian Douglas

Dominican Minister of Trade Ian Douglas has attracted people’s concerns that with the growing demands in the countries in the Caribbean region, especially in Guadeloupe and Martinique, the government of Dominica is planning to export farine on a much larger scale.

Minister said, “some small-scale manufacturing plants are being constructed across a few communities to process the farine.

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“We are having a small production plant in Calibishie, and we are doing 2 in the East, 1 in the Kalingo Territory and one up in the Delices area, so that we can take the raw produce, the manioc and cassava and turn it into farine,” says the minister. “That is making an excellent scale in selling in the French department of Martinique and Guadeloupe.”

Douglas further added that, “toloma and ginger also make up good sales. It is in very high demand, and we have essential oils, including bay oil, coconut oil and castor oil. These things are also doing great.

Douglas said that the government has made several investments in equipment for bay oil farmers, coconut oil farmers, castor oil farmers to enable them to improve the quantity as well as the quality of their product, “so that they could avail better price in the foreign market, especially in the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique.”

He further explained that there are a lot of farmers, for example, who are producing cocoa sticks in their kitchen but do not have the capital to invest in the proper equipment.

Douglas further revealed that, “Instead of buying the equipment for 50 to 60 of those small cocoa stick makers, we are going to construct a facility where all of them can come and grind the cocoa, turn them into cocoa sticks.”