Agriculture ministry to food vendors: DEXIA an underutilized resource in menu-planning and produce procurement

Petra Grell-Shillingford

Communications Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Blue and Green Economy Petra Grell- Shillingford reminds vendors that there is an adequate amount of fresh produce on island for consumption during the 2023 independence celebrations. She was speaking during a WCMF press conference held this week. Grell-Shillingford said the produce includes provisions, citrus, cacao, meats, fish, and vegetables to name a few.

“We know that our mandate is to produce adequate amounts of healthy foods and what we see sometimes is being offered to the patrons is just the opposite of that,” she said. “We want to encourage the food vendors that there may not be linkage they require in terms of getting the produce, but we made adequate amounts of preparations for this season.”

According to her, the Ministry of Agriculture has collaborated with the DEXIA under the Emergency Agriculture Livelihood Project to allow vendors to purchase fresh produce on a bulk level or wholesale from DEXIA.

“As we speak right now, DEXIA is looking to purchase from the farmers, sweet potatoes, tania, dasheen, yams, pumpkin, cucumbers, passionfruit, bananas, plantains, dried coconuts, seasoning peppers, ginger, pineapple, eggplants, and avocados,” she revealed. “We would like farmers to understand that DEXIA is now purchasing these and actually providing you with a payment within 48 hours.”
Grell-Shillingford told restaurant owners who purchase from supermarkets for their catering services, to be mindful that they can also go to DEXIA and purchase goods.

“The mark-up is negligible. DEXIA is not in the business of making money and profit, they are here to satisfy the market when it comes to farmers and vendors,” Grell-Shillingford stated.

She explained that farmers sometimes have the produce at hand and they don’t know where to sell them.

“So, I want to encourage the vendors that when you are preparing your meal plans and menus, to think out of the box,” Grell-Shillingford encouraged.

She added, “There are many activities during this festive season, there are a number of fringe events and I just want you to be mindful of that.”

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  1. Jesus is lord
    October 16, 2023

    DNO why is my comments not posted?
    My comments are alway informative and never insulting unlike most of what gets posted.
    Please stop this bias behaviour, where’s the integrity?

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  2. Jesus is lord
    October 15, 2023

    This lady have made clear the lack of organisation in Dominica when she said, “the farmer don’t know where to sell their produce.”
    Madam, had your department and the ministry of agriculture better organised over the years.
    Shouldn’t this situation been solved by the necessary authorities?
    I ready what is being said by the so called persons in authority in Dominica and sense they lack knowledge about what they are talking about.

    • RA is King
      October 17, 2023

      It seems she is not knowledgeable but the lady has her opinion. Europe gave us Jesus and taught us they are in control of our religious briefs. Well,..there is no rapture, and no coming back. Find RA the original GODHEAD they replaced violently for you with themselves, Romans – the Vatican.

  3. Raj Raheem
    October 13, 2023

    It’s safer for me to eat Rice and tuna in tin, than to buy produce at the market. I know where to get my organic food. Our “farmers” are not trained to grow healthy food. Ask any farmer in Dominica how many cups of fertilizer is enough or too much for a plant of dasheen, and see if the are able to answer that question. They load the plants with too much fertilizer, plus the herbicides they used without the knowledge of proper mixture. In order for Dominica and the Caribbean to eat healthy food, fruits and vegetables governments need to increase the price of fertilizer by 50% and no fertilizer should be give Free to farmers. Our agriculture minister knows nothing about safety in sowing and reaping. What’s his job description, anyway? He himself couldn’t say. You won’t see me buying anything from the market except cinnamon and jelly coco.

    • Just Asking
      October 14, 2023

      Hmm, amm, been smoking that thing again eh?

    • Just Asking
      October 15, 2023

      Dude, where have you been, you see farmers in Dominica that can afford all that fertilizer you talking about?

  4. Farmer from Roseau
    October 13, 2023

    interesting. you now telling food vendors boycott the supermarkets who buys from dexia and go buy from dexia directly.. boycott the roseau market vendirs and go buy from dexia directly

    this shows a high level of poor communication and coordination by these officials.

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  5. AP
    October 13, 2023

    is Dexia going to continue buying farmers produce when the festivities are over?
    Dexia needs to find international markets for these products so farmers can continue to market their products and have a sustainable livelihood always.

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    • Affa
      October 14, 2023

      Thinking ahead how about cannabis vendors? They have already built many, maybe 15% of your housing stock and 30% of vehicles, if not more, on your roads along with the number of related jobs created. This is humongous, serious stuff. These oils are very valuable and beneficial to our citizens, the most versatile crop needed to enable farmers’ and secure their livelihoods. I’m quite sure the head at DEXIA requires a doctorate, what for, if not thinking outside the current box?

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