ANNOUNCEMENT: Supply and purchase of fresh produce and local products to facilitate social distancing

To help cope with the nutritional needs of the population to fight the Corona Virus (COVID– 19) and to promote social distancing and discourage person-to-person contact, which is the main cause of the community spread of the virus, the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) has launched an initiative to facilitate the sale and purchase of fresh produce and other local products in a safe environment online.

The activity is being done in collaboration with Dominica News Online (DNO) and other media institutions.

The Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) will establish a list of fresh produce and local products that are available on the market along with the contact information of suppliers.

Consumers will be able to contact the suppliers directly to place orders via telephone/WhatsApp to have the products delivered at specified locations.

 

Food Purchase Instructions

To farmers and manufacturers:

  1. Go to Dominica News Online or Dominica Manufacturers Association Facebook page and Register your name and product.
  2. Insert the products that you have for sale and the price
  3. Leave a contact number or email for possible orders
  4. Arrange with other farmers in your area to supply products that you may not have.
  5. Develop a price list of the products and the weight
  6. Try to secure a minimum quantity of orders in one area to make delivery worthwhile.
  7. Secure a regular market with customers

 

To the consumers

  1. Go to Dominica News Online or Dominica Manufacturers Association Facebook page to seek information of suppliers
  2. Identify the products of interest
  3. Contact supplier to place order
  4. Collaborate with other customers within the neighborhood to facilitate on-site delivery
  5. All transactions are between supplier and buyer.
  6. If you are looking for a product that’s not listed, place a comment.
  7. A secure regular supply for the future beyond COVID -19

Below is a document which indicates the type of information that suppliers should provide.

Please put your information in the comments section of this post below.

That information will then be transferred to a Suppliers’ List which will be published on DNO and on the Facebook Page of the Dominica Manufacturing Association (DMA).

You can also whatsapp your information to DMA president, Severin Mckenzie, at 2451249.

The template below indicates the type of information that’s required from the supplier.

Download (XLSX, 99KB)

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10 Comments

  1. Pipo
    April 8, 2020

    Why stop at fresh produce? Chicken, eggs and fresh fish can be delivered the same way. And if we get bus drivers involved they can carry their restricted number of passengers at the same time. But even more than that, groceries can be treated the same way also. Customers could place their orders on line or by telephone, pay the supermarket in advance and they or a bus picks up the shopping for delivery to the customer. It will help our bus drivers too. Solves the headache of finding a parking spot in town at the same time. We have the tools and smart enough people to make this work.

  2. My money
    April 7, 2020

    But my wheelbarrow break down i cannot deliver yiu know

    • Batibou River
      April 8, 2020

      Here we go! Much easier to queue up at the red clinic! This is exactly Dominica’s problem and the only reason our PM is called Skerrit.

  3. Jay prosper
    April 7, 2020

    Great initiative. This should not be a short term plan. I can now place my order and pick up if delivery is not possible. Family members can work together and place one order so not too many will be out there searching for produce.

  4. Desirée
    April 7, 2020

    Love this idea! Can’t wait to see how this works!

    • Ladons
      April 11, 2020

      Carrots. $3.50lb
      Parsley French and.traditional.. $3.00
      Thyme …. $3.00
      Eggs $7.00. A dozen $18.00 tray
      Chive … $3.00
      Cabbage.. $2.50

      Call 2253619 for more information

  5. Roger Burnett
    April 7, 2020

    An excellent initiative.

    When I was growing up in the industrial North of England just after WW2, most of my family’s shopping was done from door to door vendors. My favorite was the village soft drink seller. Ginger beer, sarsaparilla, dandelion and burdock, etc. all came in half gallon returnable environmental friendly “stone ware” flagons.

    Perhaps the Corona Virus is helping us to realize true resilience. Developing the concept of working from home will hopefully be another positive outcome.

  6. Harrigan McK
    April 7, 2020

    Product Code Product Name Supplier Name Retail Unit Price p/lb Bulk Unit Price Contact No.
    000-01 Dasheen $1.50 615-4827
    000-02 Tania WhatsApp
    000-03 Yam $3.00 276-2779
    000-04 Sweet potato
    000-05 Green bananas $1.50
    000-06 Plantain $1.50
    000-07 Cucumber $2.00
    000-08 Banana $1.50
    000-09 Cabbage $2.50
    000-10 Pumkin pieces $5.00
    000-11 Seasoning pepper $2.00
    000-12 Cucumber
    Call/WhatsApp 615-4827 /276-2779 to place your order and to arrange for delivery

  7. Ras B
    April 7, 2020

    Excellent move. I am very pleased to see this, long may it be used for local food trade. If we choose to develop this portal, it may be the birth of something magical. I am pleased to see that if nothing else, we have begun to pull ourselves up by our own boots straps, and that is at least one good which has risen from the covid-19 pandemic thus far.

  8. UKDominican
    April 7, 2020

    Brilliant idea and so simple. It will avoid the crush at Roseau market and supply of produce will generally be fresher. I expect it to reduce costs too. is ideal for this sort of operation. Home delivery is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.K. and It works! It is so popular now, especially with the corona virus crisis it is more difficult too get delivery slots from the supermarket chains but as I said it woks. Thumbs up guys. You do not need government for this, just arrange it among yourselves. Good luck.

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