Agriculture minister admits to challenges in distribution of World Bank funds to farmers

Agriculture Minister Reginald Austrie. File photo

Minster for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Reginald Austrie has said that his ministry was faced with challenges in the distribution of over $18 million to Dominican Farmers.

This project was funded by the World Bank to assist in the restoration of livelihoods, reduction in nutritional shortages, reduction in mass migration and to ensure food security.

Austrie attributes the difficulties which were encountered to the ministry’s weak database.

“4,200 farmers registered for that programme; 884 were large commercial farmers and 3,384 were small farmers. The distribution was $10,000 for the large farmers and $3,000 for the small farmers,” he said, “We had some challenges in the execution of that programme and that was mainly because of our weak database at the ministry of agriculture level where we were not certain, to be honest with you, accurately that is, as to who were small farmers and who were commercial farmers…,” he explained.

The distribution of the World Bank money was severely criticized by the United Workers’ Party (UWP) which claimed that the manner in which the money was being distributed had subjected hundreds of bona fide farmers and fishers to blatant injustice.

In a press release issued in February 2018, the UWP called for an immediate discontinuation what it referred to as  “the Skerrit Administration’s politicization of the World Bank’s Agricultural Emergency Response Grant (AERG) that has subjected hundreds of bona fide farmers and fishers to blatant injustice.”

The UWP accused the government of abusing the 18-million-dollar grant for partisan political purposes, citing in its release, “the number of recipients of the funds who are not involved in farming or fishing and the number of farmers and fishers still on the merry-go-round of disrespect waiting to receive their entitlement.”

The party called on the World Bank “to order a full forensic investigation of the controversial aspects of the programme “in the public interest of fairness, equity, transparency and accountability in the utilization of post Maria financial assistance from the world community.”

Austrie said recently that a validation exercise will be put in place to prevent this situation from reoccurring.

“We’re now seeking to sort out  by the compilation of what we call…a validation exercise where we’re seeking to record in detail, our farmers. Where they are, how many arches they’re doing, where are they planting, their ages… So, in the event that we need to run to our data base to quickly gather information inside or outside the disasters…we have our technicians… who can pull out the information.”

He said the ministry is also compiling a list of farmers who did not obtain any benefits from the programme so they too could receive some assistance.

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68 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    March 29, 2019

    The relevant ministry should have the names of all who received funds under false pretence. Publish all the names of these recipients. Those who received funds fraudulently and cannot repay, drag them before a court of law. The government has paid a high-priced foreign lawyer to persecute ( deliberately avoided the word ‘prosecute’) high ranking members of the opposition on trumped up charges, now is the right time to use the court to prosecute these swindlers. Publicly name and shame them. It’s not too late. Ignoring lawlessness encourages more lawlessness.

  2. Man bites dogs
    March 29, 2019

    Minister Austrie, It look as if you have given those vultures and crocodiles, lots of meat to eat they are hungry and hungrier for power, and if you stand one place for long enough those reptiles and birds of prey will have a meal out off you Labour ministers. We have those so-called Workers puppets and clowns in a conner lets keep them there, just remember a trapped animal could be very dangerous.

    • viewsexpressed
      March 30, 2019

      This is what Austrie knows for sure and no one within the circle of fake Skerrit will come out and expose Skerrit for his failures and incompetence in government. Austrie, this is the truth, and the truth is you are part of this comical situation we are in today. “We have those so-called failed, corrupt, incompetent, failed labour political puppets and clowns well jammed in their corrupt dirty Conner and that is where we will keep them. Please be guided and just remember the words of Man Bites Dogs (woof woof) a trapped animal could be very dangerous, and dangerous to vulnerable people within a failed corrupt poverty island like Dominica that Man Bites Dogs has assisted daily and over the 18 years helped this failed boyish, incompetent Skerrit to have us where we are now, in deep poverty where people have no jobs and are sent as beggars to collect cash. This is what …… “Man Bites Dogs” bark about all day and night with political fleas all over him. Dominica`s change is here…

    • viewsexpressed
      March 30, 2019

      Man Bites Dogs and abuse and disrespectful of our poor people in Dominica:

      Read this openly Bobol, thievery incompetent matter delivered, managed and distributed by your Sherri’s corrupt Labour government.
      Read This Mr Bites Dogs. Woof woof…woof…oppps fleas bugging him. Read On Below.: We did our homework and many Bobol activities to come out.
      “yes it needs to be fixed cause my uncle got ten thousand for “his farm”. well its not his farm. It belongs to someone else, ut he told the person taking names that it is his. They signed him up and gave him 10k. that finish long time cause he has no garden. now the owner of the land asked him for some of the money and he refused. the owner of the land cant get the money cause someone has already claimed it.
      the same goes for small business grants.
      no accountability in this island. for nothing at all
      people who need welfare not getting. people who need scholarships not getting. people who need a decent salary soosaying sel…

    • viewsexpressed
      March 30, 2019

      Man Bites Dogs, woof…woof…woof.. go on , let the dogs out from your dirty corrupt labour camp and go bite them where it hurts. Is you r Skerrit a member of this woof woof gang of barking clowns? Well, when you grow and express some level of decency and intellectualism we will take you seriously because now what you comment on has been and continues to be irrelevant because your focus in NOT on our ailing poverty stricken Dominica but on your failed corrupt little boy Skerrit who has failed Dominica big Time. That stain on him will not go soon, especially as you have dogs who go barking rubbish and nonsensical rubbish. The more you open these comments and write BS they more you expose failed incompetent Skerrit and his failed corrupt 18 nonsense ministers and Corrupt Labour government. There is no employment, no agriculture, bananas gone, coconut gone, unemployment is high, Ross University is gone, no jobs. Skerrit flies all over the world and returns empty handed. Skerrit is a fake

      • Man bites dogs
        April 1, 2019

        Now View – pot you have all the symptoms of a disorderly narcissistic dangerous calculating person. Now you have said your bits about the Labour Party. Name me all the good things your tinpot so-called Workers boomboom flies party has done for Dominica, apart from putting the country and people in salt water like salt beef now we are out of the barrel, your boomboom fly criminals lots will never never come back to give us Dominicans nightmare again.

    • Bwa-Banday
      March 30, 2019

      Garson pay-bon-dawuu !
      Who more animal than the self proclaimed Rottweiler ? God I’d good because is out you all going this time. He come saying “an act of contrition “ so he can get some pity but it backfired. What a shameless, incompetent nincompoop! We don’t need excuses. All we need is for election to be called. Take it from me, Reggie will surely loose his deposit this time. Teeeeewayyyyy yoeeee!

  3. Labourite Farmer
    March 29, 2019

    This Dominica Labour Party (DLP) plan has always been to make farmers and fishers stay poor so they must come to Skerrit and his boys for help.
    Did the Minister for Agriculture, Reginald Austrie, go to the jungles of Guyana to study Agriculture or Guerrilla Warfare because I do not recall him ever talking of the Agricultural Skills he learnt in Guyana but i do recall him talking about getting exposed to some kind of Military training… hence the nickname, Pit-bull Rottweiler. So i do not know how he going to help farmers become financially resilient by teaching the how to fight instead of how to plant.
    The former Minister for Agriculture told me privately that he was doing his best although he had limitations, but because he said no to the politicizing of the World Bank money Skerrit reshuffle him… But he said time longer than twine.
    I myself have not receive any money even though i am a commercial farmer, and Skerrit knows that…
    But I waiting for the next General Elections…

  4. Truth Be Told
    March 29, 2019

    This Labour Party government need to go to jail for crimes against Dominica!

  5. zandoli
    March 29, 2019

    It was very clear from the get go that many people who claimed to be farmers would not know the difference between a cutlass and a shovel, yet they kept on dolling out money to their supporters in the name of assistance to farmers. Everyone, including the DLP knew, yet they did not pause to evaluate the program. These guys think the money they get from the foreign agencies grow on trees because it is not earned by the government of Dominica. That money comes from people like me and others who reside in developed countries, who pay all kinds of taxes which our governments use to fund these agencies. It is not free money.

  6. marvin charles
    March 29, 2019

    THis distribution is way too political!! a farmer with 1 acre of land is denied while someone in tarish pit with 1000 sq ft of land is given 10K dollars to plant what , weeds??

    you all need to get the hell out!!

  7. Karl Orndem
    March 29, 2019

    This is hilarious. “4,200 farmers registered for that programme; 884 were large commercial farmers and 3,384 were small farmers. The distribution was $10,000 for the large farmers and $3,000 for the small farmers,” he said, “We had some challenges in the execution of that programme and that was mainly because of our weak database at the ministry of agriculture level where we were not certain, to be honest with you, accurately that is, as to who were small farmers and who were commercial farmers…,”.

    So basically you just gave money. Any accountability?

    “The distribution of the World Bank money was severely criticized by the United Workers’ Party (UWP) which claimed that the manner in which the money was being distributed had subjected hundreds of bona fide farmers and fishers to blatant injustice.”

    – Ok, but you stated that 4,200 “farmers” registered, and now you are crying about hundreds of farmers and fishers. Thousands and hundreds are two different things.

  8. BMB
    March 29, 2019

    “…..we were not certain, to be honest with you, accurately that is, as to who were small farmers and who were commercial farmers…,” So, Mr. Minister, how then did you determine who got $10,000 or $3,000? What we do know for “..certain.” is that the money went, and went real quick too..!

  9. AA
    March 29, 2019

    Boy allyou fellas thief the world bank funds and now the world bank putting pressure on allyou for allyou to account the blame is placed on the staff of the ministry? ALLYOU TOO DAMN THIEF.

  10. Labourite Farmer
    March 29, 2019

    As a farmer and a Labourite, it hurts me from the soul of my feet to the top of my head to hear such unfortunate utterances from the Honourable Reginald Austrie.
    As a farmer and a Labourite voting the DLP since 1985 it hurts me physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and in all ways imaginable to hear the Honourable Reginald Austrie admit to such a grave error and by whose admission requires resignation
    They know that after Maria I did not receive a dime from the World Bank Grant Funds but a person of interest with no farm and have no interest in farming received $10,000.00
    They also know that the Division of Agriculture and DEXIA has extensive and well maintained list of farmers because I like many others farmers are registered with both entities… so why should such a mess was made and blame it on weak data base rather than on the politicizing of the funds by the Skerrit lead DLP administration.
    We the farmers of Dominica will deal with you during the next elections for…

  11. Fire Burn Dem
    March 29, 2019

    I have never read more bull…. in my life!! Mr. Minister of Agriculture, challenges?? Oh la? Simple maths:- 884 large farmers x $10,000 = $8,840,000. 3,384 small farmers x $3,000 = $10,152,00. A total of $18,992,000. In five minutes, the money was equitably distributed. To justify the blatant ill distribution of the funds, you have chosen to blame the employees of the agricultural division and an antiquated database system? Come on man! Even without a computer, Dominica is a small island. We know who are large farmers. The math would not add up when supporters who have two beds of lettuce in their back yards got $10,000 while large farmers were given $1,000. Short of admitting, you have gone the cowardly route and blamed people who acted under directions from higher authorities. The shameful part is that the blind supporters will not see through this load of crap. May your conscience lead you to endless sleepless nights. Mayshanstay!!

  12. Braindamage
    March 28, 2019

    Just a few Farmers we have here; Austrie, Skerrit and the rest of the Labour party in Government.

  13. Roseau
    March 28, 2019

    All I know is that some people are in deep trouble whether they in Government or not. Soon and very soon there is going to be a big international investigation about the theft of that money. $18 million and nothing to show for it. No banana, no plantains, no dasheen , no oranges, no grapefruits, no yams, no processing factories, no cassava, no coffee, we have no exports but still Some Dominicans want to tell me that DLP is working ? When you give a man money to vote for you and no jobs to support himself how will he ever come off poverty ? Dominicans we still have a few months to save what we so love.

  14. Massacre
    March 28, 2019

    Boy Boy Boy , you is a little boy reggie! So now that the World Bank is asking for accountability and proof of distribution for its money you guys are now saying it is difficult to show where and how the money was used? Shame of all you for thinking that the international community will seat by and make Skerro use their money in political campaign. This is just one of the areas DLP is getting all that money they have handing to people , but I know when all you loose the next elections there will be hell to pay for you all corrupt practices.
    In Mahaut one lady got $26,000 another from Massacre got $15,000 this Warner guy got $10,000. So tell me where the Pal Rep got this kind of money to hand out. So no wonder all you saying it is difficult to show where the money is. One day one day conquer a day. I’m not jealous and I don’t want that Jumbee money.

  15. Coyote
    March 28, 2019

    So after being in office for 18 yrs you don’t know who is farmer who is fisherman.Well clearly you not doing your job.YOU’RE FIRED

  16. Toplet
    March 28, 2019

    Yes reggie thanks for exposing your incompetence. . Another reason why we goin to kick you guys out of office… call the blasted election … damn currupt

  17. Bwa-Banday
    March 28, 2019

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: What a Jah-ka-ss :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Is that our Deputy PM? If this is the level of disorganization that exist at our various ministries today then Dominica is in serious trouble.No wonder Skerro was able to trick him with a title (Deputy PM) that does not even exist in our constitution. Every day these guys open their mouths, as if by an act of God they expose how unqualified and useless they are as a government. DLP MUST GO! Its either now or NEVER

    • Ibo France
      March 29, 2019

      I, too, was completed startled by this brazen admission. No wonder the low productivity in the public service. It’s said that there are too many square pegs in round holes in the public service but this is compounded by Ministers who grossly incompetent and a leader who has lost his moral compass. Woe be on to Dominica if the corrupt, vindictive, destructive DLP bandits retain power.

  18. Alibaba and the forty thieves
    March 28, 2019

    Reggie Austrie reminds me of the story of Alibaba and the forty thieves lol

  19. REAL!!!!
    March 28, 2019

    Austrie only one question.

    If it was a database issue which confused commercial and small farmers which we already know is a lie.

    Then explain how NON- FARMERS got money?

    DLP…..Dominica Lying Party. You all days are numbered!!!!!

  20. iprotest
    March 28, 2019

    I wonder if the World Bank have officials on island investigating how de agriculture money was distributed?
    i may be wrong…….i hear election is around the corner

  21. dissident
    March 28, 2019

    Reggie boy for a man that in government for 20 years?

    my boy de extension workers of de Agriculture ministry have all de information long time……they did de estimates. My father information is clear. de extension officer tried his best to help my father get his dues but when he go to AID bank he and perhaps hundreds of non DLP farmers were turned back!!!!!!

    so where did de info come from to justify giving DLP supporting non farmers in de north $10 000 ……. de same people that get de money dat sell you out!
    if you really telling the truth and are willing to come clean……then i expect you to make a similar announcement regarding Petro Caribe funds and de housing revolution.

    I want to see that speech in parliament so it can be written and recorded for history……even students will be able to see for themselves.

    if you say you going to do another round of assessment to assist the farmers you know we patriots out there smell a rat……bribing season start!!

  22. vielle case
    March 28, 2019

    yes it needs to be fixed cause my uncle got ten thousand for “his farm”. well its not his farm. it belongs to someone else. but he told the person taking names that it is his. they signed him up and gave him 10k. that finish longtime cause he has no garden. now the owner of the land asked him for some of the money and he refused. the owner of the land cant get the money cause someone has already claimed it.
    the same goes for small business grants.
    no accountability in this island. for nothing at all
    people who need welfare not getting. people who need scholarships not getting. people who need a decent salary soosaying sel

  23. Real Girl
    March 28, 2019

    Sir if this GOvernment was ever serious about Agriculture, you would not be talking about a weak data base. As a matter of fact there was no data base after Maria. If there were, the distribution of moneys to bona fide farmers would not have been so chaotic!!! You have failed Agriculture and the farmers of Dominica. You have failed this Country. Time up Park Up. You and other Soap Opera Cabinet friends sounding like desperados.

  24. J
    March 28, 2019

    U too skerrit should move there,I can’t stand allu,allu have the north weeseeb and dry and allu belly big like what

  25. foreign observer
    March 28, 2019

    Such a weak and pathetic “mea culpa”, far too little and far too late.

    And forget about “establishing a data base” now. How about publishing, by constituency, the number of farmers who received these grants, and the total amount per constituency. And if it doesn’t add up to 18 million, the truth will quickly show. As others have already stated, there are agricultural officers who should know who received what (or, not). Let the farmers in each constituency speak up about what assistance they received!

  26. weh
    March 28, 2019

    For DA to grow labour must go

  27. Rat Race
    March 28, 2019

    We paying a Gov’t with our hard earned tax money to just Fail
    For 2 decades to just FAIL

  28. Ibo France
    March 28, 2019

    The total mess with the distribution of funds from the World Bank to Dominican farmers is indicative as to how the country is presently governed. The public service is completely dysfunctional. This current leader and his propagandists are perfectly unqualified to lead the country. Every thing they do, no matter how minor, is heavily laced with extreme partisan politics . No decision is taken with the best interest of the country in mind. They can’t see the forest for the trees; they do not realized their political shenanigans is harming the country. Can anyone HONESTLY and TRUTHFULLY say that the country is in good hands or that he/she is satisfied with the level of economic or infrastructural developments? We have had nineteen years of disastrous policies. No more term for them.

  29. Poor people's voice
    March 28, 2019

    I was a young registered farmer before maria and maria came and destroyed all my crops and i didnt get any assistance from anyone. I lost all my farming tools an everything that was in my shed. How am i suppose to go back into farming without the help i need. I aint a bigshot i dont have land nor land paper to face the bank. We the hard working farmers were treated like dirt, so guesss what? Am done with farming and i wont be advising any young person to go into farming. Look into other lucrative avenues to accomplish your goals, it could be legal or illegal, do wat u got to do .

  30. Rotten Teeth
    March 28, 2019

    No matter what these guys says, as long as we have guys like Skerrit, Austrie, Blackmore, McIntyre, and Ian in any committee, let alone government, that country cannot prosper because these guys are a disgrace and reproach. They are too corrupt, too nasty and too many rotten teeth’s that need to be extracted, without an injection.. I still believe in the scripture that says “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” Pro. 14:34. In case you don’t understand this scripture and you don’t understand why all these evils coming on our country, just take a look at those ministers above and you will understand WHY.

  31. Just Saying
    March 28, 2019

    These people are continuing to tell lies after lies, first off your validation exercise means nothing, this money should have never been shared based on commercial or small farmer, but on the level of loss that each farmer suffered, if extension supervisors did their jobs they would have known at least what 80% of farmers on island had prior to maria, then after maria visit the farms to give money based on percentage loss in order to assist farmers recovery.

    Money more to be shared only means that those who got the first time will receive more.

    • Looking
      March 29, 2019

      Surveys and assessments were conducted both in agriculture, housing and business, but all these documents were shoved aside and Ministers distributed according to their wishes.

  32. Frank N stein
    March 28, 2019

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Reggie have kicks we. What I dont get is how he has no shame to even come here with that cock and bull story. Lennox fault again. Lennox make BAM take back the money for farmers or your lack of accountability? All you have the money sharing for votes giving non farmers, bypassing the list from the extension officers, Lord deal with these people! Reggie you very wicked.

  33. LaPlaine Observer
    March 28, 2019

    After 18 years in power, this government is unable to create a viable method to handle a simple distribution of funds to our farmers. But in contrary to what Austrie said, this was a mismanagement issue coupled with incompetence and partisan politics, but NOT a database problem. When individuals who have not planted a single shrub received large amounts of cash and those who are legitimate farmers did not receive a dime, this is NOT a database issue.

    • MWEN
      March 28, 2019

      To put it bluntly: BOBOL

    • Ibo France
      March 28, 2019

      Very well put! Just like what obtains at the Red Clinic the same disorderly disbursement of funds happened when these funds were given away to mostly political parasites. People trampled on each other. This kakistocracy (government by the worst people) can’t even get such a simple process right. No wonder the country finds itself in dire straits. Hurry up, OUT!

  34. Paul Rossnof
    March 28, 2019

    Challenges?? I tell you what went wrong, Austrie. The funds were distributed to DLP supporters, weather farmers or not! That’s all there is to it. To come back to challenges, you are the only person that is challenged- mentally challenged! You really think you can sell me such a cock and bull story??

  35. viewsexpressed
    March 28, 2019

    Austrie is alluding crap that “This project was funded by the World Bank to assist in the restoration of livelihoods, reduction in nutritional shortages, reduction in mass migration and to ensure food security.” And here we go again, nonsense talk of denial political illiterate minister of this failed Skerrit & Corrupt Labour government. So people of Dominica do now believe in us, The Right Hon Linton and the UWP Team as Austrie belches out more of this incompetent Labour government, Austrie is now admitting the failure of this Labour government and of Skerrit, worse PM of Domininca. Immature in thoughts and childish on government business. He is that failed Austrie again. “We had some challenges in the execution of that programme and that was mainly because of our weak database at the ministry of agriculture level where we were not certain, to be honest with you, accurately that is, as to who were small farmers and who were commercial farmers…,” he explained. Nonsense.

  36. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 28, 2019

    ” World Bank money was severely criticized by the United Workers’ Party (UWP) which claimed that the manner in which the money was being distributed had subjected hundreds of bona fide farmers and fishers to blatant injustice.”

    Boy, you need to shut up!

    Even if the devil in hell criticized the money from hell, the UWP are not in control of any thing slated for distribution to anybody.

    As fare as we know in Dominica there is only one category of farmers, this thing about commercial farmers or big time framers, and small farmers is lie.

    That is a deception: if you were given a certain amount of millions to be given free to the framers, the appropriate thing you should have done is add up the amount of people who applied, and simply divided the amount of money by  the amount of people; that is: Money/people = an equal fair share.

    Corruption Austrie; corruption is what it is all about; the UWP is not in that!

    • Ibo France
      March 28, 2019

      You forgot to mention that the government should have sought out the agriculture extension officers and procure the relevant data as to the people who are legitimate farmers. They (government ministers) were so eager to appease their fanatic supporters that they bypass all commonsensical distribution procedures. We have to chase those crazy politicians out of town.

  37. Island Girl
    March 28, 2019

    You have agricultural officers who could quickly tell you who are the farmers in their area. They are on the ground and working with these farmers every day. You bypassed them! Today, you cite a weak database for the mess that was made of a grant given with the intent of putting Dominican farmers back on their feet! Sir, this is shameful!! Dominicans deserve better! This is unacceptable!

  38. Observing
    March 28, 2019

    Is this government really interested in the farmers? If so let us have some real facts while you all are issuing keys to new homes. Food, shelter and REAL jobs go together don’t they? Nineteen years and we are behaving as if agriculture is something new…We had a nice little agri plot back in our days at S.M.A …Ask Mr. A Jolly about how excited students were back then. Even as we chew a carrot or two at the back in the classroom…lol.. Can someone tell me if there are serious agri programmes at schools and how many?

  39. James
    March 28, 2019

    Tell the minister stop trying to justify their political interference in everything that is happening in the ministry of agriculture and allow the officers to do their work

    • Ibo France
      March 28, 2019

      Yes dir, they want to micromanage everything for political advantageousness. They use donated and public funds to ensnare the easily gullible into their trap.

  40. Birds Eye
    March 28, 2019

    Reggie, you might loose this election eh! Just wait and you will see.
    You must be leaving in the constituency to here what the majority of voters are saying.
    Absolutely nothing to show for sustainable development for so long.
    What a SHAME!!!

  41. Channel 1
    March 28, 2019

    Since we on this farming thing, can anybody let us know what is the latest re: that young farmers group from Penville to whom Skerrit gave a $100,000 dollars in February 2016?

    “$100,000 were presented to the group by Skerrit. It was part of an overall $250,000 commitment made to the group.”

    Tenks.

    Reminder – https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/young-farmers-group-launched-in-penville/

    • viewsexpressed
      March 28, 2019

      We need that failed Skerrit to own up and account for the people’s` money and the Donor`s so called investments, and how much was it and where the hell did it go to? If that $100,000.00 was for distribution to enable and trigger off a real agricultural Banana economy, what happened, where is that money, who invested and where and to whom? Some questions:- was this distributed among the boys in that corrupt clique? Was that PM Skerrit involved in this, to account for we the peoples` money? We need answers because you are that failed PM and Finance minister and we need to know where and to whom was this money dished out to who and whom, we need answers. This is poor discretion, poor leadership, discredited Labour Government and Skerrit and his worthless, quiet on the side and siting on the fence rocking away we love our damn PM, that failed man who should have never be Prime Minister. For the test of his life, he will be rewarded and regarded as that failed Odd Minister, who failed us.

    • ????????????
      March 28, 2019

      Hello this was back in 2016. Hurricane Maria was not yet in the picture and also World Bank money too. All you too like to criticize everything. Where that coming in there now? So some young men decide to invest in agriculture and you criticize? Did u read all the article? Well boy look people that do not love anyone… only criticism. Please read the comments again or try to read it and record yourself and play back and I pray that you will see the tone of your voices. Real negative people!

      I have never heard the likes of you say something positive. Even if you do not support someone, but if something is good give it Kudos. All you day will come when you will be subjected to the treatment you gave. You will be wearing the boots and when it comes like you gave … tanto tanto.

  42. Gouvelma
    March 28, 2019

    Is there anything that the labor government hasn’t made a total mess of in the past twenty years and especially since the passage of Irma and Maria? In fact their action s and the way the funds were disbursed was no challenge. It was deliberate. It was political. One would believe if they considered it a challenge that they would seek not to repeat it. Wrong!!!! Supplies that wife received after tag hurricane almost two years ago are in containers on the Potters Ville Savanna, unopened and waiting to be used as but to bribe Dominicans in the lead up to the elections. While they sat on the supplies there are houses still covered in tarpaulin. There are still people sharing shelter with friends and relatives. Labor is only concerned about winning the next elections at all cost even if it means everyone in Dominica suffering fir all the time until the month to the elections. Labor needs to go. They are a curse on Dominica. Dominica needs to breathe.

  43. free
    March 28, 2019

    Stuppes!!!! “Weak data base.?????” Away Wii. CHANGE is a must

    • MWEN
      March 28, 2019

      That was no Database problem.
      That was a BOBOL problem.
      World Bank must have instructed these guys to say something.
      I guess that was the best they could come up with.
      DA is now being monitored.
      Continue the hard work Dominicans.
      What happens in the dark must come out in a di lite.

    • Gerald
      April 2, 2019

      Austrie doesn’t even know what a database is. Don’t let him fool you with semi clever talk. The bottom line: the money was used to buy votes and a certain amount was used to pay the minister a ‘commission’. Why go around in circles and look for answers!

  44. Winston Smith
    March 28, 2019

    This is about the fifth attempt to create a database for farmers. They create one, then don’t keep it up-to-date. So what’s the point ? If you get this kind of money, spend it on buying, running and maintaining boats with refrigeration so that farmers can access regional markets via Dexia or similar. This is what they really need.

    • %
      March 28, 2019

      Liars
      Liars
      Liars…
      Austrie is admitting that his entire cabal are inveterate liars!
      This is proof that the opposition is almost 100% correct everytime you all evil gang is exposed, from Petro Caribe,to Passports, to Villas, to untendered projects,to kickbacks, to relief supplies,to building materials,to stealing elections,etc…
      Oops Did Isaac ( JI the crook), plant some of his 1000 000 trees under your lying chin?… Remember what you were telling him about his bakery??
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Black child
      March 28, 2019

      Figures not adding up
      4200 farmers
      884 large farmers
      3384 small farmers

      884+3384=

      884×10000=
      3384×3000=

      18,000,000 was given do the maths

  45. %
    March 28, 2019

    Bravo!!! Reggie DLP greatest waste of time just had an epiphany…Imagine Reggie is speaking the truth!!
    Those wickeds are confessing now!! So too after they are discarded and dumped by the electorate we shall hear confession .
    Set of wicked and inconscionable souls they are .
    You all should be individually sued/sanctioned/ punished by the World Bank!!!
    The sweat of the farmers shall haunt you all .!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Thanks
      March 28, 2019

      % Get a life. Become a contributing member of society. Use your time to complete a higher education, %.

      • viewsexpressed
        March 28, 2019

        Thanks, but no thanks, o/o, our friend is well qualified and experienced and is a decent person and would not corrupt and engaged in questionable deed where our money is concerned. Go talk to your fake Pm , that Odd Minister and all questions re our money and Dominica’s failure ust be directed to him. He is the Odd Minister in the CARICOM, and the world and he has surpassed Trump, that idiot over yonder. Wh on earth would have wasted their votes (that X) for these two failed leaders, Tramp and Odd Skerrittie.
        Now, we are contributing to our society by keeping track on Bool, thievery, wherever it happens and by whom. Currently you and we the peple I am sure we may know who is immature, Boyish and eneged in and creating this faled agricultural ialsnd that we one were.
        Weneed decency oin Domiinninca`s government and we await the Right Hon. Lennox Linton and his powerful professional UWP Team and the people of Domininca.
        Skerrit get lost , Go away, go to confession, Stay out of DA govt

      • MyLove
        March 28, 2019

        Its clear are the one who needs to get a life. You have not even attempted to comment on the article. What is your view on the views of an Agriculture Minister with a Government in power for 20 years and still talking about a weak data base. Ask the Minister if there was any interest in Agriculture in the first place. Ask about the export of fresh produce out of Dominica. What is the acreage per farmer….who is a bona fide farmer, what are the plans for organic farming etc. Its people like you who care to ask no questions of your representative, that cause them to continue to disrespect us with lies day after day, minute by minute. We could do much better than that….after 20 years of one Government. These men are bankrupt of ideas and are only interested in themselves and their few elite friends. They don’t care about the ordinary man.

        I am sure you are an ordinary man. Stop loving Skerrit, Austrie, McIntyre, Blackmore and the Soap Opera Cabinet. #CountryFirst

      • ??????????????
        March 28, 2019

        I always tell that stuck record % to do something positive or say something positive. % ou pas fed up of being stuck. Say something to teach others. Say something of substance. Just pure obsession of one man!

  46. LifeandDeath
    March 28, 2019

    Go siddung!!..time to retire gasson. New blood, Fresh ideas needed..From Skerrit come down tired..Reggia history will not look upon you men kindly..Where is your lasting contribution?..For so many years in Gov’t..

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