Fresh food market initiative to begin in Bataca

A Fresh Food Market Initiative commences this Friday May 8th in Bataca. The activity was initiated by Senator Anette Sanford in collaboration with the Kalinago Council, councillor for Agriculture, Anthony Lucien.

This activity highlights the hard work and contributions that farmers have been making towards reducing the effect of food shortages in Dominica during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fresh food Market Initiative will generate economic activity locally for the farmers in the area, foster economic dependence and create a pool of available foods that will be easily accessible to the entire community.

The vision for this initiative is that it will flourish into something bigger and better as the years go by and that individuals across the district will get to appreciate and support local farmers and learn to adopt sustainable livelihoods.

Cognizant of the COVID-19 social restrictions, farmers from villages will package their foods, affix their prices and these will be picked up and sold by two salespeople at the stall in Bataca.  Every farmer will be selling a different produce, so that no two farmers will be selling the same thing at the same time.

Available foods for sale will include plantain, bananas, seasoning pepper, tannias, dasheen, dry coconuts, jelly, passion fruit, green seasonings, pawpaw, vegetables, potatoes, breadfruit, pumpkin and cassava bread to name a few.

Community members and neighbours are encouraged to come out and support the local farmers of the east this Friday and every Friday in Bataca opposite Dr. Sanford’s minimart.

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10 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 13, 2020

    In every democracy, where politics is concern; the opposition does precisely what the term opposition is supposed to do. Without an opposition we are basically talking about a dictatorship, or practically communism.
    In Dominica the opposition suffers disrespect; personal attacks and victimization; such as arrest, and prosecution  by the ruling party which most often are guilty of all sorts of crimes including thievery and bribery.
    The main purpose of an opposition group in Parliament is to monitor the practices of the ruling government against vested interests and ensures that laws are properly implemented in their constituency’s, and all over the nation.
    They (the opposition) are the guiding light who argue against wrong or faulty legislation; and show the right way when the ruling party falters!
    In Dominica the opposition is not allowed to contribute in anyway beneficial to the development of the country.
    In the United States, where it is time for a Federal Budget, both…

  2. Poly Sye
    May 8, 2020

    Most Dominicans, wrongfully so, do not consider the opposition as a functioning part of government. It is amazing that even the so called educated argue that the opposition is not part of the government. I think that leads to more partisanship and dysfunction in Dominican politics. So such a small island there is too much division. It stymies the development of the country.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 13, 2020

      Continue:
      Poly Sye; I am actually responding to your submission, in regards to the foolish mentality displayed against the opposition in our country!
      In the United States, when it is time for a Federal Budget, both the ruling party and the opposition submits separate budget, the better is utilized!
       Here is a recent example; I do not have the time convey it in detail; nevertheless, the following will introduce Dominicans to working together most of the time can be very effective and beneficial to a nations population.

      “Following the six-month anniversary of its passage, the House Budget Committee released a document highlighting the accomplishments of Congress’s Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (BBA19).

      The legislation passed with bipartisan, bicameral and executive support, enacting a two-year budget plan for 2020 and 2021.”

      Note the term “bipartisan.” Bipartisan; is not in political vocabulary in Dominica; if anything one may quicker hear slaughter Lennox Linton,…

  3. Bob Denis
    May 8, 2020

    This is the Pathway to True Health, De C-19, will force People to look within, and realize that the Home grown Foods of the Islands, is the best Antidote long term. Dominica today is the envy of the greater Nations ravished by this Pandemic, our Foods have been Historically Healing, though some have put it on the back burner.

  4. Eagle-Eyed
    May 7, 2020

    Senator Sandford, I’m not sure how useful this market idea would be if people are not able to travel to the territory to buy the produce due to the lockdown. Wouldn’t it be better to organise a home delivery service for these produce to ensure that they get to households and the farmers getting paid for their produce? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 7, 2020

      Eagle eyed
      I believe people still travel through the territory as the total lock down was only on weekends but yours is a very good suggestion.

    • Look Jokes
      May 8, 2020

      well the Roseau market should close since it far for kalinago and other country people to go. You drinking the cool aid man? you can’t see good business if it not red

  5. Alex Bruno
    May 7, 2020

    @ Barbara Saunders – Anette serves in the Legislative Branch of the government of Dominica. She is an Hon. Senator on the opposition side of the House of Assembly and that makes her part of the governing apparatus. She is in the government, just not a majority member, meaning, she is not part of the governing majority which is the Executive Branch.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 7, 2020

      Same difference Alex. Most of us understand the basic components of government: the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature.

      She is not part of the executive which has often been held responsible to get EVERYTHING done. I was simply making reference to the tired excuse I am not in government and don’t have government resources to do this or that.

      So glad to know that parliamentarians outside the executive do have responsibilities, particularly to their constituents. I will remember that. Thank you so much!

  6. Barbara Saunders
    May 6, 2020

    Wonderful Mrs. Sanford and the Kalinago Council. Come together to work for your people.

    I heard you on the radio promoting the event Mrs. Sanford. Glad to know that you do not have to be in government to get things done. Hats off Madam. Keep the positive energy going!

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