DMA gets new agro-processing equipment

Recipients of the equipment pose with officials

Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Roslyn Paul has commended the collaborative efforts of the National Authorizing Officer (NAO) for the European Development Fund and Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) in presenting the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) with new equipment for agro-processing.

Speaking at a ceremony on Wednesday at the National Development Foundation of Dominica, Paul said that Agro-processing is “very important for adding value to our goods” and through exports, foreign exchange opportunities are increased.

“This is the adverse to what has been happening for a decade where we export our primary products and therefore our total value,” she said.

Paul outlined the objectives of the new equipment and machinery presented as it relates to the productivity of the Agro-processors.

Not only will the items improve the Agro-processors capacity, but it will also, according to Paul, improve the processing of the goods, reduce processing time, increase the volume of goods, improve the quality of the products and help gain import substitution and better meet market standards.

Paul stated that the manufacturing sector is “a major contributor to employment, economic growth and with great potential for expansion.”

The Dominica Manufacturer’s Association represents the interest of all manufacturers in Dominica and was founded on May 5th 2011.

The presentation was made under the European Union’s Banana Accompanying Measure (BAM).

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3 Comments

  1. Markie
    December 29, 2016

    I share the views and comments of the last contributor. There is no mentions of what type of equipment, what produce are to be processed, what volume and or capacity of the equipment, production output, what markets. Mentioned is made of increasing foreign exchange, but no indication of an idea of the amount. Very often I read on the news and or statements are made such as agricultural production is up and or on the increase, but to make these statement one must say what was the output and or production then, and what it is now and show the comparison and or increase. Unfortunately, this is the new level we have reached, just talk but no data to support the statements.

  2. Crapo
    December 29, 2016

    Congratulation to the DMA, the Invest Dominica Authority, the NAO and the Government to make this equipment to our agro-manufacturers. Lè i bon di i bon.

  3. Tjebe fort
    December 29, 2016

    But you don’t say what the actual equipment is. Can’t, you tell us or is it a secret weapon for the defence of our country? Anyway, you can process my aggro, anytime and pickle the neighbour that gives it to me while you’re at it.

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