Darroux has announced a number of projects in the Kalinago Territory

Darroux has announced a number of projects in the Kalinago Territory. Photo GIS

Dominica’s indigenous people continue to showcase their skills and ambitions as they endeavour to maintain their reputation as the most skilled on the island.

Honourable Minister for Kalinago Affairs, Casius Darroux, announced ongoing projects in furniture making and sewing at the Kalinago Territory.

He referenced a recently-concluded furniture and woodwork training from which a cooperative furniture workshop may result.

He says equipment have been sourced and ordered from overseas.

The Kalinago Affairs Minister intends to transform the territory into a green zone while creating employment- by use of the furniture shop’s sawdust for farming, by purchasing unusable lumber from boat-builders and through a tree planting project.

“We cannot have this furniture shop and expect the forests to be cut down so we are hoping to launch a tree-planting project. Individuals can begin planting trees and in the next 10-15 years, we can harvest those trees in a sustainable way. We will also be protecting our water resources.”

Meanwhile the Hon. Minister boasts that an initiative by the Ministry Of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development is doing well.

The Sineku Resource Centre Enterprise Development Centre, launched just weeks ago, employs women from the Kalinago Territory.

These women produce school uniforms for which the honourable minister affirms there is a steady market.

“It is my intention, under the Constituency Empowerment Fund, to get industrial sewing machines for the individuals so that in the new school term, we can get deals from Government and instead of parents going to town with invoices to get uniforms, they will get them right here in the Kalinago Territory. We are surrounded by schools here.”

He listed the Castle Bruce and North-east Comprehensive Secondary Schools, the Mahaut River preschool and Primary School, the Salybia Primary School and upcoming preschool, Atkinson Primary School, Isulukati Preschool, Concorde Primary School and the Lighthouse Christian Academy.

The Kalinago Affairs Minister only cautions that the women to provide quality to their customers.

“Once we have quality, I can get Government to buy into our products. I am hoping that one day we will have the biggest garment manufacturing business in the Kalinago Territory.”