Agriculture Ministry donates to institutions that assist less fortunate

The donations were made on Friday
The donations were made on Friday

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on Friday made its annual donation to a number of organizations that assist the less fortunate in Dominica.

Every year the Ministry presents gift baskets to the organizations to ensure that residents have hearty meals during the holidays.

This year’s recipients are Grotto Home for the Homeless, Dominica Infirmary, Princess Margaret Hospital, Each One Teach One Foundation, Operation Youth Quake, Chances, Portsmouth Hospital and Grange Home for the Aged (Portsmouth).

The donated items included meat, ground provisions, sorrel, pear, fruits, vegetables, among other agricultural produce, that came from farmers around the island and from produce harvested at Agricultural Stations.

“We are happy that we are able to do this, this morning. When one take into consideration the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on the Agricultural sector one wondered whether we would have been able to do that,” Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo said at a presentation ceremony at the Dominica Infirmary. “But I must say with the resilience of the farmers and the hard work of the staff of the ministry we are seeing that we are bouncing back in agriculture.”

He stated that chicken and pork from the recently tested National Abttoir formed part of the donations this year.

He noted that his ministry is happy that every home where persons are still being housed after Tropical Storm Erika received pork and chicken from the abattoir.

“This in itself is a blessing for the ministry,” Drigo noted.

Meantime he stated that the government is well into a pilot programme for the banana sub-sector and the first phase of 23,000 plantlets is doing exceptional.

“We have started to distribute the second batch of plants we received from the BAM organization,” he said. “We have also been able to give out approximately 20,000 fresh pineapple plants to farmers.”

Ministry of Agriculture staff with some of the donation
Ministry of Agriculture staff with some of the donation

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  1. Face the Facts
    December 19, 2015

    Something new in D/ca. As I recall, today, Dominicans in need of are getting a lot of help than ever before. Many have learned the value of giving not only to those whom they personally know but others who are in need of. This is good. Although it is a Christian and/or humane act, I do think TV has done much to generate this generosity and worldwide.
    I noted the word “holiday” was used. This Season is not a mere holiday. Christians of all should refrain from calling it “holiday.”

    Jesus Is The Reason For This Season – Christmas – Christ-Mass.

    Christmas is the celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
    It is not “holidays”. It is Christmas!
    Furthermore, you know what a holiday is and the meaning in the true sense of the word. Please do not adopt those governments, manufacturers and merchants of those countries who call “Christmas Day” and its celebration, holidays as also heard on TV and read on the Internet. Some are godless people.

    • Face the Facts
      December 19, 2015

      These state they do not want to embarrass anyone. My reply is, when they die they will know whom they embarrassed and who will feel embarrassed.
      When I am wished happy holidays, I emphatically state I am a Christian Catholic. It is either a Blessed Christmas or a Joyful and Merry Christmas. Whoever they are, they get a lecture from me, why we celebrate Christmas, who is the reason why we celebrate It and without Him being born we would have no Christmas or holidays at this time to celebrate.
      All D/can-born are baptized Christians. I am not referring to those whose non-Christian parents reside there and whose children are born there.
      Please give Our Lord Jesus Christ His rightful place in this celebration. Without Him we would not be celebrating Christmas.
      As stated on the US Catholic Network (EWTN), on the program Advent Reflection, “Christ comes in Mystery, History and Majesty.”
      A Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Enjoyable New Year!
      God’s blessing! Peace!

  2. December 19, 2015

    God will bless you double. That’s what Christmas is all about, giving and loving. Thanks much.

  3. The one
    December 19, 2015

    Thanks to the farmers who made these donations to the Ministry in their drive to assist those in need.

  4. December 18, 2015

    :) Chicken and Pork from the recently tested National Abttoi YES I :lol: r OK…………. But how much fertilizer give out and that alone…… man

    • Face the Facts
      December 19, 2015

      Years ago you did not know nor cared how chicken and pork were raised. Why care now? Our ancestors did not die from eating them. Today, nor will you. These days, some of you are too critical and fussy. If people as you get sick from eating it, it could be all in your mind for your mind can make you sick or well. Have you forgotten those previous years?

      I heard on the Toronto Radio about some people being sick from eating chicken. I thought which I will relay to that Radio Station, tell the people to clean the chicken properly, use lime or lemon or if they wish, vinegar. Then season it properly and cook/bake/grill it properly and at least eat it warm.
      Some of them may love to eat partly cooked chicken and other meat. They call it “well done, medium, medium rare or rare” especially other meat as beef and pork. Precaution is better than cure.

      • Face the Facts
        December 19, 2015

        I forgot to mention, season with garlic and onion, for those who love them. These could eliminate bacteria. Aside from a little salt and seasoning, garlic and onion make the meat/fish very tasty. :) They could be minced.
        Some of them simply place the fish/meat in the pot or oven. No wonder they could get sick from eating them.
        When purchasing them, scrutinize them for freshness. If you are not ready to cook them, wash/clean them and also season them, the latter if you wish. You could place them in the freezer if it will be more than a few hours prior to cooking. This is my advice. It works very well for me. :) No cost! :lol:

      • December 21, 2015

        u fool..he is saying YES IIII…meaning that its a good move that the opork and chicken came from the local arbatoir..u don’t read to understand and come on here talking like u know it all..shut up!!! go back to school or something

  5. Me
    December 18, 2015

    Thank you, thank you! This is truly in the spirit of Christmas in sharp contrast to a foreign scrooge coming to tell our poor people to suck salt. This has truly lifted my heart.

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