Easier road access for Belles farmers

Darroux said a new farm access road is being set up
Darroux said a new farm access road is being set up

Belles farmers now have easier access to their farms as another route has been set up to replace the original one damaged during the passing of Tropical Storm Erika.

The storm devastated sections of the country on August 27, causing damage to a number of access roads making it difficult for farmers to access their farms.

Farmers in Belles were affected but Parliamentary Representative for the St Joseph constituency, Kelver Darroux said in an interview that as part of relief for the farmers, another route to their farms is being set up and will be completed in a matter of days.

“The farmers in the Belles area, since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, they had tremendous difficulties in accessing their farms,” he said. “This was due to the significant portion of the road which collapsed when Erika pass few weeks ago.”

He pointed out that currently the farmers have of produce and with the new route, they will access their farms easier.

“For that road to have been cut, we had to access the properties of three individuals, and I really want to commend the individuals who allowed us to use their property in this time to cut this road to give farmers access to their farms,” he said.

Darroux pointed out that the community of Belles is a highly productive area of dasheen and many other crops.

“And I must thank the farmers as well for their patience for that period of time on withstanding the challenges that we are faced with,” he state. “Now we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel … where we would have four wheel access to the other side.”

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  1. Patience
    September 22, 2015

    Yes, there are also people who need access to their homes to put their head down. People in Salisbury are complaining about country road! The people of Colihaut, La Plain, Fond St. Jean etc. they need the basic needs in life, like a roof over their head, running water, food etc. Walk to your garden like everyone is doing now.

  2. grell
    September 22, 2015

    Kelvar i hope this storm thought you a lesson,you made fun of Lennox during the budget debate,by now you should have gotten the message and man up,you and your guys have brought great division in the once blessed country,if the unity does not come bac many more will come Kelvar and i hope you apologize to Lennox.

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 22, 2015


      When will you people try a little bit of fairness? While I will be the first to agree that neither is pleasant, how do you compare making fun of a person with cursing and insulting from President, priest, evangelist to king? What greater division has anyone ever perpetrated than to tell Dominicans not to participate in their national pride, the national school rally and the national parade of uniformed groups?

      Have you ever heard more division preached than what has been happening on Q95 for over ten years and even now in the aftermath of a storm? come on one-sided people!

  3. sandra
    September 22, 2015

    Belles were quickly given an access route to their farm, which is great. I praise this because that’s their means of earning money, through farming. But what about the Salisbury people who have been crying for years that they need access to their farm land. PM, the way you treat the Salisbury people need to change. Enough is Enough. We are all Dominican. God bless you.

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 22, 2015


      This is what you see. On the other hand I see the Parliamentary Representative Mr. John trying his best to get his constituency cleaned up and back to normal. I see him swallowing his pride and whatever resentment he may have harboured, (I say may have as I don’t know that for sure), against Mr. Darroux and actually saying that he intends to collaborate with him to get the farmers going because farmers from both St. Joseph and Salisbury use a particular farm road. That’s what principled leaders do, it is not about them but what’s best for their people.

      I think he also recognises that he was mandated to co-ordinate recovery in his constituency but is unable to make magic, so he is working with what he has and with whoever necessary to get done what can be done.

      I don’t know how many people are doing this but I am watching very closely the leadership qualities that are emerging in this crisis and where they are emerging. Very important for the near future!

  4. Love Always
    September 21, 2015

    Is Salisbury the only village in DA? Ask your PR to give an account of his attendances in Parliament! Your PR has conveniently boycotted meetings now you want to blame the government ! Stop drinking foolish juice. You guys have arrogantly tried to overthrow the government, Now you are singing a different tune. The people of the coast have suffered a greater lost than you. Thanks Barriers

  5. cities have destroy in history
    September 21, 2015

    good work minister we are all Dominican salisbury is a very or use to busy framing part of Dominica but years they are crying to have their road unblock. their cry have been so loud that nature come and block many roads in Dominica so now every one is crying. some may say is GOD that bring a hand it is written in the holly book for all to see that when there is much oppression the Almighty father did react. do we accept that GOD have the power to do so?sorry for the people that died and all the properties that got lost and damage.

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