The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has purchased and installed a state-of-the-art, industrial-grade multi-fruit extractor for processing and pulping of fruits for local juicing companies and for sale on the export markets.
Operations Manager of DEXIA Multi-Purpose Packhouse, Bristol Lawrence, told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview that the multi-fruit extractor which is housed at the Multi-Purpose Packhouse in Goodwill will faster process passionfruit in particular which is one of the leading export added value commodities shipping to Guadeloupe.
“So far we have shipped in excess of 1000 pails of passionfruit, each weighing 40 pounds-pails with seeds and without,” he said. “The ones with seeds are being sold at $265 and those without seeds are being sold for $300 per 40-pound pail.”
He continued, “It saves on labour cost and time because it will only take us about three minutes to pulp a pail of passionfruit [as] opposed to doing it by hand.”
According to Lawrence DEXIA has been working with the Ministry of Agriculture to engage farmers in planting passionfruit.
“We have formed five different clusters around the island…,” he noted. “We have provided the farmers with support in terms of wire and also contracting these farmers to produce for us”
He revealed that the passion fruits are purchased at $1.50 per pound, primarily for pulping, and “when we export we purchase it at a higher price.”
Furthermore, Lawrence is encouraging farmers to continue planting passionfruit.
He said DEXIA is also willing to purchase pink guavas from farmers since the regional market has been requesting it.
“We are willing to purchase it as well,” he stated.
Pink guava farmers are being asked to contact DEXIA at 275-5973 for more information.
Lawrence indicated that DEXIA is also looking to do business with Martinique, Barbados, and other territories once there is sufficient production.
“We have sold to Barbados and Antigua in the past, however, the main market is Guadeloupe,” he stated.
Below is short video of the processor in use.