Agriculture Minister Royer praises farmers’ charity despite setbacks; cites government support

Agriculture Minister, Roland Royer

In spite of the challenges faced by farmers this year, they were still able to provide produce to charitable organizations in the annual ‘Minister’s Food Basket’ donation.

This was according to Agriculture Minister Roland Royer who was speaking at a handing-over ceremony held at the Dominica Infirmary grounds this week.

The donations are made annually to ensure that the less fortunate and those in need, at various institutions on the island, have hearty meals during the holidays.

“This year the farmers provided produce although they are facing a lot of challenges,” Royer said.

This, he said, includes climate change, and increased cost of inputs on fertilizers and animal feed to name a few.

Furthermore, Royer mentioned that the government must also be commended for the effort in providing support to the farmers over the years.

 “For example, for the past three years the government has invested $28 million dollars in just farm access roads in key productive areas …,” Royer stated.

 In addition to that, he indicated that currently, the government has under construction a US$10 million Tissue Culture Lab in Portsmouth.

 “And since hurricane Maria, the government has given assistance to about 3500 farmers in inputs and other machinery at the value of $80 million dollars,” Royer said. “So that shows government’s commitment to the farmers and to the sector and its intention is to have the sector build up and grow.”

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 3, 2023

    Roland the most you can do to be seen and heard is spewing some bull which makes absolutely no sense.
    What good it is to praise farmers for growing agriculture produce for which they do not have a market?
    Talking agriculture in Dominica is simply another political gimmick!
    It doesn’t matter what efforts are made, you and Roosevelt, and the farmers will have to eat all they grow and dump the decaying.
    The dacheen are first that will be dumped since within one week after reaping they usually begin decaying!
    You can continue with the gimmick, but without a market, the fart you are spewing, makes you come off ignorant (look ignorant).
    Everything grown in Dominica will forever remain a local staple we shall be the main consumer.
    European’s Americans, Canadian’s and the rest of Europe are into grains: their diets are different to ours.
    They eat ripe bananas, breadfruit, so don’t depend on them for a market it will take not happen!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 3, 2023

      I meant to write “they eat ripe bananas, but not breadfruit!”
      I like roast yellow breadfruit and salt fish tomatoes with plenty of onions in olive oil!
      Me also like boil breadfruit accompanied with coconut gravey and some kind of fish, even spratts; ” Katie.”
      Hahahahaha dat ah wan ah dem thing me grow up pan.

  2. True Patriot!
    December 28, 2022

    You mean all the TOOLS AND FERTILIZERS that was GIVEN TO DOMINICA after Maria to hand over to ALL the farmers of the land that the government played politics with and now they’re still coming and take credit! 🤣🤣 Dominican is a joke tbh!!🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

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  3. Ibo France
    December 26, 2022

    This guy just parrots verbatim the script that he memories given to him by Roosevelt’s advisors.

    Agriculture production is presently at its lowest. Farmers are literally catching hell with cost of fertilisers, tools, labour; access to their farms; absence of sufficient markets for their produce; wastage ( no proper storage).

    The line minister is giving the government an A+ grade of its contribution to agriculture when in actuality it should be a Z-.

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  4. Max
    December 23, 2022

    Another one of Skerrit’s children pretending to be an expert on a subject he has zero experience of.

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  5. Time-X
    December 23, 2022

    Here goes another one just talking about “the government this the government that.” Meanwhile people who weren’t given the title “farmers” cannot get one plant to buy at the botanical gardens. Shut up, boy!!

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  6. dissident
    December 23, 2022

    Your efforts to give skerrit administration a high grade for agriculture is shameful!!!!
    Do you serve de people?
    You exposing your true self!!!!!

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  7. MEME
    December 23, 2022

    More kindergarten talk by a kindergarten student..
    Man can you give Dominicans ($$$) dollar figures over the last 5 to 10 years of the contributoon of agriculture to the Dominican economy? Does it compare to the contribution it made in the 1990’s? Why? Then put those figures alongside the contribution agriculture is making in the St Lucian economy, for example.
    Who are you talking to? Am i so blind and gullible?
    Am i drunk with a satanic red trumpet in my hand???

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