$200,000 cocoa development project for Dominica

Dominica has benefited from a $200,000 project to help in the development of its cocoa sector.

A meeting was held at the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) on Thursday to bring together stakeholders to ensure a proactive, integrated approach to the development of the cocoa cluster.

DEXIA in collaboration with Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) recognized the cocoa industry’s contribution to food security, the rural economy, sustainable livelihoods and employment.

Furthermore, cocoa enables environmental sustainability and agro-entrepreneurship.

The Dominica Cocoa Cluster Development Project was therefore formed with the aim of improving the developmental areas to include: access to data, pre and post-harvesting activities to attain high-quality beans, product transformation and development, and marketing and labelling of cocoa products and services.

A project stakeholder meeting was held last week at DEXIA conference room.

General Manager of DEXIA, Gregoire Thomas, said the company submitted proposals to Compete Caribbean to participate in a bid for proposals and “we were successful, and Compete Caribbean with the support of the equivalent of $200,000 worth of support for the cocoa sector and we want to thank them for supporting and helping us in that journey to move the cocoa sector forward”.

He added, “We started from about 2008 and we have continued doing work looking at how it is that we can expand and develop the cocoa sector.”

According to Thomas, with the support of donors and collaboration, cocoa can be made a flagship.

“I believe now we have an excellent opportunity with the collaboration and the support of donors by Compete Caribbean to make cocoa a flagship, make it a model that we can use with the other crops that we provide support to and let’s look at the livelihood, how do we improve the economic livelihood of rural people,” he stated.

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  1. Mamba
    February 16, 2020

    Remember the ‘coffee development’ and the ‘chicken development’??? We even have got the ruins to prove that this government is ALL about lies, deceit, incompetence and opaqueness!!! Cocoa development project… my foot!

  2. Ti Garcon
    February 11, 2020

    Since 2008 they ‘promoting’ cocoa production but in reality we are worse off today than 12 years ago. DEXIA is a colossal waste of resources and this Manager is grossly incompetent.
    Cocoa is for poor low income countries in Africa and Central America- some as coffee. We couldn’t compete with them in bananas is in cocoa we want to compete. Smfh.
    Worse off they do things with no planning. $200k for what? When farm access and availability of planting matierals are serious issues being ignored.
    Carry on.

  3. zandoli
    February 11, 2020

    Let’s hope this is not a repeat of the coffee project. Another colossal waste of money.

  4. Casio
    February 11, 2020

    thats not enough money o have an impactful intervention on cash crops. we need to really start taking ourselves seriously. some will say it is better than nothing, but why start something you arent prepared to finish? all the mosey wasted during elections. now we about to cry brokes.

  5. Minnie
    February 11, 2020

    This is heartening. To see the agricultural sector being revived.

  6. Truth Be Told
    February 11, 2020

    “The Caribbean is held in high regard as a cocoa-producing region because most countries produce a fine or aromatic (as opposed to bulk) cocoa. Fine cocoa accounts for only 5% of world production and is concentrated in few countries. Based on the International Cocoa Agreement of 1993, only 17 countries produce fine cocoa, and of those, only eight are recognized as exclusive producers. The Caribbean accounts for seven of the eight exclusive producers:”

  7. My Bad
    February 11, 2020

    Everything is upside down everything is back to front.

    • Ora
      February 11, 2020

      Hopeful for the best outcome

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