Cocoa coordinator appointed to boost production – Walter

Government has appointed a cocoa coordinator in moves to boost cocoa production in Dominica.

The coordinator has already begun implementation of a cocoa rehabilitation program in the northeast of the island, according to
Minister for Agriculture Matthew Walter.

“He has galvanized the support of approximately 77 cocoa producers in the northeast alone,” Walter said.

He has appealed to local farmers to make the best use of opportunities for cocoa production; but the minister has assured cocoa will not replace the other traditional crops of Dominica.

“We understand that we cannot turn a blind eye on traditional crops that used to bring in a lot of foreign exchange to Dominica.

“I would advise the farmers of this country that they should take advantage of the programs that the government is putting in place,” Walter highlighted.

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    January 10, 2011

    my bad found it

    January 10, 2011

    Farmers son I remember some of your post for last weeks keep our fingers crossed about the promised coffee factory. But why am I no seeing this page anywhere on DNO? After all the truths we spoke dd they tell DNO to delete the page? Shame on DNO deleting important news and all … thy have there still. News from just last week

    Can someone show this moo moo how to find the article please? The New Year start and the ignorance spills over from 2010. Gees. SMH

  3. Concerned
    January 10, 2011

    too litle too late

  4. Inclusion for Cocoa
    January 9, 2011

    Cocoa pod sweet like political power some man does get drunk to eat it. cocoa

  5. Inclusion for Cocao
    January 9, 2011

    If is one time I joining DLP isnow I want to be the Coco coordinator.

  6. Funniassguy
    January 9, 2011

    I recommend the Ambassador to Venezuela for cocoa Coordinator it, appears to be a demotion but knowing that……….he’d enjoy that more. what about Nanton,Prevost, Alic even el supremo,Can Reggie make ( he might DOT) lol!Senior counsel?? ask de guy in T&T.Can shorty make the grade M.Paul? What about Crazy Tees he said he is a dasheen farmer Can he till cocoa soil?

  7. Looking for lyrics
    January 9, 2011

    Man when I first read this Min.of Agri statment I LMAO I said coco coordinator lol! I was thinking which D/can man is named coco coordinator.I know coordinators run things screen recruit and randomize cocos lol I say alot of guy will apply for the poistion,seeing there are numerous cockstars in DLP line up starting with the chief the lawyers for easydoor two of the three are suppose to be cockstars one passa wed so he don’t count theother one is a lady so she is ruled out as a cooc cordinator unless there are two positions.

  8. Farmer's Son
    January 9, 2011

    Once again we are presented with what is supposedly a news report with no real news value. Last week we were told to keep our fingers crossed about the promised coffee program; this week we are told that an unnamed person has been appointed to lead the cocoa program.

    As has been pointed out by several other readers we are still looking for answers about the program. Why ,oh why is there such secrecy about the identity of the Cocoa Co-ordinator? What about the government’s pledge to be more transparent?

    Clearly the operating principle seems to be one of keeping the populace in the dark while feeding them a lot of verbal manure. This is very sad indeed.

  9. Bram-bram
    January 9, 2011

    Boy that cocoa looking good!

  10. urban maroon
    January 9, 2011

    Mr. minister cocoa has always been a traditional crop of Dominica. I grew up on coco tea,roast plantain and saltfish.I drank coco.a tea everday when I went to high school.
    Unfortunately cocoa was abandoned by the ministry of Agriculture. There is a demand for
    cocoa at home and abroad. We need to find a way to add value to our cocoa and not just
    export it in it”s raw form.

  11. tanty
    January 9, 2011

    But who is the Cocoa Coordinator, what is the big secret about the name. We need to know, so that we can dialogue with the individual. Doesn’t Mr. Walter understand that this is our business and if the state is paying somebody to be a Cocoa Coordinator we need to know who it is. This is not his pig pen in Paix Bouche you know, this is the State’s business. What is going on.
    Last year during the election campaign, I saw Mr. Skerrit signing a contract for 60million dollars with a Chinese man, and up to now its one year and almost one month we have heard nothing about the Chinese Hotel, now he tells us about a Moroco Hotel. When will these men stop treating us like dummies. Oh My God. Now this one comes with a Cocoa Coordinator, and he cannot disclose his name. Eh Lass, poor us in Dominica

  12. jade
    January 8, 2011

    People should know the truth and they are not being informed. There is much more about this cocoa hype. Now that organic pure dark chocolate is known to have medicinal purposes there is a high demand for organic cocoa world wide. Presently, this product fetches a high price on the international market.

  13. desie
    January 8, 2011

    COCO is more an ease up crop to take care of
    I mean come on wind cannot easily blow down that cropppppppp
    less work
    and it will get less turn down than banana

  14. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011

    Another attempt to cover-up. Who is this person incharge of the futere of our cocoa production?

  15. V
    January 8, 2011

    A cocoa Co-ordinator?
    is that another name for a PIMP.

    • Rabbi
      January 8, 2011


      • kj
        January 8, 2011

        LMBO, that is really funny :-D :lol: :-P :) :) :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

    • Frodo Baggins
      January 8, 2011

      LOL EPIC, ima join your fan club… u got jokes

    • east
      January 9, 2011

      lol lol lol lol lol. That is funnyyyy

    • Inclusion for Cocoa
      January 9, 2011

      i hear the supremo is already in the cocoa controlling business so the coordinator will have to be below him in this cocoa business. El supremo is the Director of coco

      • c bruce
        January 10, 2011

        boy u guys are just sick….

        but good humour

  16. Mr. Farmer
    January 8, 2011

    What does the minister mean when he says that cocoa will not replace the other traditional crops of Dominica. Does the minister understand that cocoa is was and will always be a traditional crop!!! PLEASE somebody shed some light

  17. yout
    January 8, 2011

    but why is there so much secrecy about thgis person’s name?

    is it another well fed politician?

    why the “he”?

    who the hell is the “he”?

  18. seneca
    January 8, 2011

    de man working

  19. Season greetings all
    January 8, 2011

    ooooh all i can say y’all this photo is mouth watering.have you guys tasted should its lovely fruit..hmmmmm

  20. West Coast
    January 8, 2011

    Good move, I am hoping to see a new attitude towards agriculture in this country. Who is the coordinator?

  21. concerned farmer
    January 8, 2011

    why is it that everything this government does is a secret? who is the coordinator? what is his role? what does the minister want us to do? I grow cocoa dosent know anything about this, however i am happy that this is being considered cocoa is very good for people suffering with high blood pressure cocoa can make chocolate. Dominicans like imported stuff over naturally grown unlike the American who will go to lengths looking for organic and fresh produce so this is a good move if it dosent fall through

    • sadden
      January 8, 2011

      why arent you just happy at least now you will get good sale for your darn cocoa..stop bashing da government over every thing..u a talking out of both sides of your mouth

      • Weh Papa
        January 10, 2011

        Alas so the man expressing his opinion. I cannot see how that can make some body vex. Just because he give his view from two different angles you have a problem with that. Since when asking a significant question turn to government bashing? Is people like you that turn every thing into politics.I am so fed up of this, every thing some one says is interpreted as a political statement. So tell me please, because you support the government you cannot ask questions?? Does that even make sense?? Because you love your kids, you will not correct them I f you think they going wrong?
        Thats what DNO is all about, people make statements, ask questions. For all you know DNO might be able to answer the man questions or find out for us who is the cocoa coordinator.

      • Enigma
        January 10, 2011

        Got out of bed on the wrong side, have you? Why so nasty?bb

    • Snake in a canoe
      January 8, 2011

      They just started when it rolling on you will know man stop with the secret talk

  22. insideher
    January 8, 2011

    good start..! continued proper support is what we need. There is need for value added goods, We need our signature brand and flavour of chocolate products, this should be the ultimate goal of your “programs” Mr. Minister. We tired export raw material and in return pay with our life. Peace

  23. porssoe
    January 8, 2011

    Traditional crop that use to bring in foriegn exchange. This minister keep putting his foot in his mouth. He is admiting that they broke the back of the farmers

  24. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011

    what are the programs for cocoa production that the government has put in place.. do we acctualy have a market for our cocoa? can we compete with ivory coast?

    • Snake in a canoe
      January 8, 2011

      If our cocoa of a better quality and demands are raised. I’m sure that alone would spark the cultivation ofmore of the crop. Chocolate is a bigggggggg business as the price for chocolate is going higher each year. That’s great news.

  25. Alas
    January 8, 2011

    So why is the identity of the coordinator being kept a secret? WE

    • Cocoa Coordinator
      January 9, 2011

      Because the position has already been taken the advertizemnt is just a formality.
      But skerrit want, so does Julien,Alic, Nanton ,Reggie,Ambrose want it, even Toni interested with a cavate. The opposition leader sent in an application. But hear that ,Julie coco say he is the authentic coco man alias julie coco.So now it’s between Julie coco & Skerro.

  26. Gee
    January 8, 2011

    Finally!!!!…… we might just get it right!!!!! Using what we grow…….

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