Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit calls for the opportunity to present ideas and recommendations on how the country can build a more robust value chain for food security and achieve sustainable growth in the agriculture sector.
Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit calls for the opportunity to present ideas and recommendations on how the country can build a more robust value chain for food security and achieve sustainable growth in the agriculture sector.
The Ministery of Agriculture of Dominica held a discussion on value chain stakeholders and sustainable Groth in the agriculture sector; Prime Minister Dr Rossevelt Skerrit, along with Member of Parliament of Roseau Constituency Melissa and Skerrit and Agriculture Minister Fiedal Grant, participated in the conference on Wednesday, March 17, 2022.
While emphasizing the need for conversation between stakeholders, PM Skerrit noted that to reduce obstacles in the value chain and to facilitate access to buyers and makers, there is a need for frank conversation among all stakeholders on the current state of production and supply in Dominica.
He said that the government have decided to target interventions in the sector to assist enterprises, to source, produce and connect to markets. These interventions are intended to enhance the business and entrepreneurship capacity of the farmers, fisheries and small agro-processors.
“Our objective is to bring together the stakeholders in the value chain to enhance the understanding of market requirements and strengthen access to the products which make it unto our supermarket shelves, to restaurants and hotels”, underscored prime minister.
PM Skerrit also urged farmers to increase production so that the country could match the productions to local and regional demands.
He further outlined the aim of the government to reduce Dominica’s food import bill for goods:
PM Skerrit stressed that if the country met these objectives, there would be more employment opportunities, higher incomes, and the advancement of sustainable livelihoods.
Highlighting the situation of agriculture of Dominica, PM Skerrit affirmed:
He further emphasized that the government plans to keep growing the sector to a level where it can contribute 700 million dollars to the economy by twenty-thirty.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stated that the government would continue their support to farmers, such as facilitating machinery, equipment, supplies and construction. He said under $22 million grant improvements of roads in many communities across Dominica is undergoing.
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