PM Skerrit shares a word with young people in the north on Thursday. Photo from Facebook

PM Skerrit shares a word with young people in the north on Thursday. Photo from Facebook

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has given the assurance that a coffee plant being constructed in Dominica will be completed by the end of July.

He told the inauguration of the Tan Tan/Toucarie/Savanne Paille/Cottage Village Council on Thursday evening the plant will contribute significantly to the economy of Dominica.

He said a delegation, led by the head of the coffee program in Venezuela, is presently in Dominica “engaging the ministry of agriculture.”

“That coffee plant will come to a completion a the end of July 2014 and I give you the assurances that that coffee plant will grind and package coffee and export it to other countries all over the Caribbean and Latin America,” he stated.

Skerrit also said the plant will create employment for the people of Dominica.

“You go to France and these places, there are no cocoa trees but they make cocoa and chocolate and send it back to us as processed product,” he noted.

The prime said the ministry of agriculture has distributed in excess of 6,000 coffee seedlings to farmers “to plant additional coffee to supply this important coffee plant.”

In 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Dominica and Venezuela for the construction of the plant.

Actual work on the plant, which is located in One Mile in Portsmouth, began in July, 2013 when a Venezuelan Air Force plane, with 22 engineers, landed at the Melville Hall Airport bearing all the necessary equipment and materials needed for what was said would be a 10-month project.