Foundation being laid for agricultural sector to contribute target amount to GDP by 2030

By 2030, the government plans for the agricultural sector to contribute seven hundred million dollars to Dominica’s GDP.  

At a press conference on Monday at the Financial Centre, Minister for Agriculture Hon. Roland Royer stated that a strong foundation has to be set to achieve these goals and in the upcoming month emphasis will be placed on essential areas.  

“In this reset, our plans and programs are designed to meet the target set for the sector, for agriculture to contribute $700,000,000 to Dominica’s GDP by 2030,” he stated.  

“A strong foundation has to be set to achieve these goals and therefore over the coming month emphasis will place on enhancing the delivery of extension services by building capacity and equipping officers with the necessary tools, promoting research and development by aggressively engaging Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and other organizations to enhance productivity in the sector.” 

At the meeting, three major initiatives were mainly focused on including the White Potato Program, feeder road rehabilitation, and the Emergency Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project. 

The White Potato Program is said to be aimed at reducing the importation of white potatoes into Dominica. 

”The program is currently being implemented through the Division of Agriculture and Dominica Export-Import Agency (DEXIA) and today we can report 2,300 bags of seeds were imported in November 2022 and to date, 1400 bags [were] sold of which 1100 [have] been so far distributed to 115 farmers,” the minister revealed.  

Approximately 35 acres were said to have been established thus far and it is reported that last year’s establishment of 32 acres has been surpassed. Their target this season is 70 acres.  

In providing support to the program, the Ministry of Trade has organized a credit support facility provided by DEXIA: a package containing seeds, fertilizer, and agrochemicals that is distributed to farmers who are taking part in the program.  

“In providing further support to this program the cost of fertilizer was reduced from $112 per bag to $50 per bag and the purchase price per pound was also increased from $1.35 per pound to $1.50 per pound,” he said.  

As it relates to farm access roads, Royer mentioned the government has over the past two years invested $20 million under the European Development Fund for an improvement of eight major farm access roads in Grandbay, Calibishie, Castle Bruce, Paix Bouche, La Plaine, Woodford Hill, and Bagatelle. 

This project will facilitate the implementation of the Loubiere to Bagatelle Road and serve the farmers of Bellevue and Pichelin. 

“In addition to that, the ministry will undertake a condition assessment of 28 additional feeder roads across the island and this will inform the development of a comprehensive farm access road improvement program [and] the ministry anticipates that over 2000 acres of prime agricultural lands will become available for the expansion of production in the range of agricultural communities, targeting over 1500 farmers over the next three years.” 

He revealed that $5 million under the European Development Fund is also available to continue the Feeder Road Rehabilitation Program and in addition, the Ministry of Finance is in process of securing another $5 million U.S. Dollars from the Caribbean Development Fund that will be put towards this development. 

As it relates to the Emergency Livelihood and Climate Resilient Project, he noted that $38.7 million was spent over the past two years.  

“3,311 crop farmers’, 30 livestock farmers, 163 fishers, and 3 boat builders have received direct support for the restoration of the operations. Additionally, throughout the pandemic, 700 backyard farmers along with 45 poultry producers and 40 pork farmers have received emergency support under the project.” 

The minister also noted that in late 2022 the Prime Minister negotiated another package of financing valued at $21 million for the agricultural sector from the World Bank, under the crisis response window related to the rising price of inputs and shipping that threatens Dominica’s food security.  

“Under this window, a contingency emergency response component has been triggered under the project allowing to provide support over the next 24 months in the Livestock Enhancement Program which will include subsidization of animal feed, strengthening broiler and egg production, rehabilitation of the national abattoir and strengthening hatchery operations.”  

Other areas that will be developed are data collection and analysis including conducting an agricultural census which has not been done since 1995, and greater collaboration between the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture to build stronger linkages for marketing products.  

Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the government will soon enter into a formal agreement for the development of the construction of a synthetic athletic track in Pointe Ronde, Portsmouth. 

 “We had previously informed the public that exploration of that site was underway for the development of this facility for the advancement of track and field in Dominica. The government has now taken a firm decision on this and is moving ahead with plans for construction.” 

He said the clearing of the land is underway and in the coming days and weeks more information will be shared with the public. 

“It is our intention also to share the plans with the public so everyone is aware of what the facility will look like and what it will entail. This is a positive step forward in sports development in Dominica and is  long-awaited.” 

He added that in the next two weeks, additional projects which the government will embark upon will also be announced.  


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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 6, 2023

    “By 2030, the government plans for the agricultural sector to contribute seven hundred million dollars to Dominica’s GDP.”

    Nevertheless, even if all the pepper produced in Dominica in addition to all the locally grown agricultural products, it would be improbably to sell to Dominicans only to yell that kind if revenue.
    Even if there were 70,000 people in the country that would not happen, because every live human, including new born babies would have to buy no less than $10,000.00 worth of whatever they are selling by 2030.
    Prior to the government exposing their stupidity, they should have disclosed the market in they hope to be the source they hope to sell these resilient products!

    Such stupid comments are just another fool promises to keep Roosevelt gullible supporters happy; seven years from now; if you do not have a market today, where will you find it in seven years?

    I assure Chi Chi Bang Bang, Roosevelt it will not be in Europe or North…

  2. Lin clown
    February 1, 2023

    You know nothing about Dominica,another bum who spent too much time on Rikers Island.Dominica is blessed with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables,pork,chicken,beef and eggs.People have full-time jobs selling ripe bananas.The Haitians farm and send millions back to Haiti,while we have a few lazy,maltwavy UWP drunkards dope smokers and gossipers complaining and begging hard working people for a dollar.While foreigners are on YouTube promoting and enjoying the peace,hospitality and beauty of Dominica,a few aholes are shamelessly trying to destroy the country.They go to America live in the section 8 programme,on food stamps and handout from the church.A bunch of treasonous crooks and traitors.

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    • Martha
      February 3, 2023

      I really would like to know what YOU dream of at nights. You are totally of your rocker.

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  3. dissident
    February 1, 2023

    That is a lot of talk!!!!!!
    I remember de last BAM project!
    Why didn’t it continue?
    I have serious doubts……….agriculture is not a real motivating ambition for skerrit on a national level.
    Skerrit have his home farm…….he encourages people he put in apartment to raise chickens in de back yard?
    I’m sure that de Chinese in one mile agricultural station have achieved their goals from all their investments in there across de road from de infamous imaginary pie in de sky white elephant coffee plant.

    A reminder of dlp records in agriculture for 22 years!!!!!……Mr Royer you going to use dat as an example to build on???????

    Skerrit have a habit…. seeing someone with God given talents that he can’t match……..put dem in a corner where they feel they been set aside for something beautiful……then he crushes their head under his alligator skin shoes!!!!!!
    These people then dissappear…….never to be seen again!!!!!!!

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  4. Ibo France
    January 31, 2023

    According to Roosevelt and his mendacious adherents, 2030 will be a spectacular climax of aspirational projects coming to fruition. Dominica will become the envy of the Caribbean with the advent of geothermal energy and once again becoming the food basket of the entire Caribbean.

    Incredibly, there is a significant percentage of the Dominican population that still believes this pathological LIAR. He is on the verse of programming the citizens into oblivion with his fictitious pledges.

    Roosevelt and his racketeers tell you lies all the time but their actions always show you the truth.

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  5. TT
    January 31, 2023

    Now we talking. Food security, organic food. Healthy, fresh, OURS not Monsanto or Bayer seeds. Ours. Stop eating western filth. That’s what I need to be reading. Treading our own path.

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    • Harvey
      February 1, 2023

      You instead can eat Chinese filth. Good luck!

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  6. Martha
    January 31, 2023

    That’s the way the government of DA does things, first it destroys it and then decades later it lays new foundations. You still not sick and tired of this Skerrit guy???

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    • Ibo France
      February 1, 2023

      Roosevelt destroys then gives the assurance that he will build back better. This is to garner public admiration for himself. His grandiose promises are made to obfuscate his gross incompetence.

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    • Hmmmmmm
      February 1, 2023

      But the so called new foundations are all lies.
      Always remember that Skerrit is a pathological LIAR!!
      99.999% of everything he says is a LIE!!

  7. Hmmm zero alone
    January 31, 2023

    Still being laid? Oh ho

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