Farmers benefit from UWP initiative

A shipment of produce under the initiative

The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has kept a promise it made during the last general election to seek ways in revitalizing the agricultural sector in Dominica.Martinique market in December 2016 where over 21 different types of produce were shipped including yams, tania, ginger, turmeric, seasoning pepper, pumpkin, dasheen, toloma, farine, spice, christophine, grapefruits among others.

When the opportunity came to sell to the Martinique market in December 2016, the party took it and over 21 different types of produce were shipped including yams, tania, ginger, turmeric, seasoning pepper, pumpkin, dasheen, toloma, farine, spice, christophine, grapefruits among others.

UWP Senator, Dr. Thomson Fontaine said that farmers across the island have benefited from that initiative and so far seven shipments of produce have already been made and his team is currently working on its eighth.

“In December of last year we got an opportunity to sell fresh produce into the Martinique market,” he told DNO on Wednesday. “That is an initiative of the United Workers Party. You would recall that in the last election we promised that we would revitalize the agriculture sector. We did not win the elections, but we figured we could attempt to do whatever we can in the circumstances.”

He said over the past two months over 30 tons of produce were shipped to Martinique putting about $150,000 directly in the hands of farmers.

Fontaine stated that the produce is being shipped twice a month based on the availability of the vessel being used called ‘The Henlee’.

He said the party is hoping in the next couple of months to begin exporting to the Barbados market.

See some more produce below.

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112 Comments

  1. Ras
    March 16, 2017

    By the way is Thompson Fontaine’s reference to the ship “Henlee” a Freudian slip – did Henley & Partners provide the ship?

  2. Ras
    March 16, 2017

    The structure of this “news” item suggests that it was contributed by one of the UWP operatives – quite likely Dr.Fontaine, The first paragraph reveals that the author was not even careful about disguising his subjectivity ! The “article” is nothing more than a press release from the UWP!
    What is most interesting however is that unwittingly the UWP has contradicted itself. While it has been claiming that agriculture in Dominica is DEAD, it is now admitting that substantial volumes of a variety of agricultural products are available for export. It needs to explain why DaPex was shut down. Nuff said for now

  3. March 16, 2017

    I took time off to read all the comment’s and congratulation`s, however it is who in the kitchen that feel the heat. it is my money that in fire now . Fontaine bring my dasheen money for me the next time you come to grand fond! Pay me and vex with me!

  4. NYPD
    March 16, 2017

    I had to read this article twice to make sure i saw $150,000.00. UWP trade a $150,000. with another country and they post it on a major news outlet. This party is really out of touch with with reality. An individual should be talking about an exchange of that kind of money not a party. Your party thinking says a lot about the party direction. A $150.000.00?

  5. free
    March 16, 2017

    Congrats Mr.Fontaine..This is refreshing news. THE DLP Government do not care for the farmers of Dominica.

  6. “@ Francisco,You don’t leave in Dominica, you don’t pay taxes, you have never contribute a thing to help Dominica progress, so it’s time you do something special for Dominica, just piss off our affairs.”

    Mr. Dog eat man, a leopard cannot change it color, you are the one who said since “I leaving in UK I get wise and no there is no God.” You said that when you wrote under another bogus name.

    Well since then I’ve tried to educate you; however, because you are so shallow and stupid and dunce, you still do not know the difference in the word live, and “leave.”

    Fool once again I have long left Dominica, there is no way I leave Dominica today. I left Dominica, residing and living in Los Angeles California. So, you see the difference between you and I? One of us is highly academically educated, the other is a jackass, and an idiot who is so disoriented, he fail to realize he is simply a barking dog! Live, living: Leave; Left; Leaving, left, departed! They taught me that in…

    • Man bites Dogs
      March 16, 2017

      @ Francisco: You said you are living in Los Angeles California, big deal so what !you are so stupid you on about how highly academically educated you are and I am an idiot jackass but yet still i know exactly how to get under skin, don’t that say something about you ? And i have a much better life in Dominica than you have in California smog stupid old dog. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: saddas

    • March 17, 2017

      You mean quasi -educated? Please return the OLE L**y asset up hunt….

    • Dominican
      March 17, 2017

      One of you is highly google educated and that one is Francisco

    • televangelists are false prophets
      March 17, 2017

      Leave vs live. do you know the difference?

  7. The Eel
    March 16, 2017

    Viewexpress-concur! you are giving away too much information. They made the fool out of Linton and now the boxes are packed just like crab-backs. hen lee is on remote control,here,there with dolphin from Martinique.

  8. Me
    March 16, 2017

    Call me ignorant if you will but what the heck is BRILLISNT.

  9. UDOHREADYET
    March 16, 2017

    This is good news for farmers and those interested in exporting produce.

  10. Dion
    March 16, 2017

    It was about time the opposition get off their sorry a…. and do something positive. We need an account of all the money Government pumped into DAPEX

    • Dion
      March 16, 2017

      Good initiative non the less

  11. Sackway Gwo Boudeh
    March 16, 2017

    finally some god news in Dominica, I wish we didn’t make everything political, just be happy some farmers are getting paid.

  12. MR. PROLIFIC
    March 16, 2017

    Well done UWP: You gave us the name of the boat HENLEE.THE NEXT is to keep proper records of all the farmers who supply and their produce. Your guess is as good as mine. Every trial is a fashion. Good luck.

    • Tjebe fort
      March 16, 2017

      Is that boat on the Dominica shipping register? Is that a Chinese name Henlee or the name of a chicken called Lee that laying the golden eggs? Only joking fellows, don’t get worked up. I love this move, seriously.

  13. TBM
    March 16, 2017

    DNO;
    Please do some basic investigation before publication.

    GIS – Friday, 24 April 2015 10:59: Dominica Working To Increase Exports To Martinique
    http://www.news.gov.dm/index.php/news/2453-dominica-working-to-increase-exports-to-martinique

    DNO – Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 12:45 PM: Farmers benefit from UWP initiative
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/agriculture/farmers-benefit-from-uwp-initiative/

    • P
      March 17, 2017

      Did you even understand the article?

  14. SD
    March 16, 2017

    I have never come across a situation where a opposition party exports goods to a foreign government or opens a market for goods and services without the ruling party. Have we in Dominica invented a new type of democracy or a new type of foolishness. DNO you sure you want to be in the news business or the copy and paste business.

  15. jaded
    March 15, 2017

    Sorry to tell you UWP but a little huckstering is not the same as running a country. So please keep huckstering. It will keep you out of trouble.

  16. DoTheMaths
    March 15, 2017

    Do the maths; 30 tons is equal to 30,000 lbs @$150,000….. that means that the farmers are making $5 for every 1000lbs of produce they sell. That can’t be profitable for farmers, maybe somebody else..?

    • Kinda smart
      March 16, 2017

      I was taking you out of the bracket of the dumb ones with your proper spelling but that Mathematics you try to pull off here send you right back in it, as a matter of fact you top the list.

    • winston warrington
      March 17, 2017

      It works out to $2.50 per pound.

  17. The new words for Labourites in Dominica is “false news”, “fake news” and “lies”. It is amazing how Anthony W. Astaphans and Roosevelt Skerrit has managed to completely manipulate and control the minds of so many once intelligent people. The facts are clear that under the DLP Administration with the leadership of Roosevelt Skerrit, who is controlled by Anthony Astaphan, the ordinary farmer has not been seriously benefiting from their farms. Hucksters usually buy their produce at rock bottom prices and sell it overseas at an enormous profit. The hucksters whose hands never touch the soil are making off like bandits. This initiative by the United Workers Party gives the farmers of Dominica direct benefits from the sale of their produce and that by itself is enough for gratitude and praise. To those who seek to belittle Dr. Fontaine by referring to him as a “huckster” you should be ashamed of yourselves. Dr. Fontaine’s efforts are something to be proud of!!!!!

    • Director
      March 16, 2017

      So the huckster trade which has benefitted the local farmer and opened markets for our produce over the many years is not something to be proud of? Its belittling? Shame on you Dr. Kermit…

  18. Ceci
    March 15, 2017

    To all the critics….
    Hucksters make money. Meantime all you depending on Skerrit’s hand out. when he gone we will see who will soucey cel, because jump high jump low all you will work for what all you want because there will be no handing out of money.

  19. Bagaila Bande
    March 15, 2017

    OMG, this guy has just found a way to make himself a man-in-the-middle in the farmers’ business. Farmers beware!!

  20. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 15, 2017

    Finally decided to do something concrete? Well, this is a stepping stone, better than protesting. The competition is on. It has commenced.

  21. Practical
    March 15, 2017

    Now that’s how you become a viable opposition. Please continue to do more in this regard. Just exclaiming Skerrit’s corruption is getting you anywhere.

  22. JOSH SHAW
    March 15, 2017

    Ask roosvelt for the boat he promised the liar he is. Well done UWP. Yet the farmers will remain blind and go red clinic beg for $200.00 Leave them in their evil labour!!!

  23. March 15, 2017

    blah blah who say who doh say. money going into the farmers pocket. It is a good thing for the country on a whole so be positive. its a positive initiative

  24. Dan is de man in de Van
    March 15, 2017

    Great job. Do more. This is inspiring…. my observation but in good faith. Ensure these produce are in good condition. Meaning properly washed and clean and in an appealing sight. ( not dirty or damaged). Let these produce be in so much great condition that one would want to eat it off the stand before washing it, that’s how appealing it should look. No bad mind just another good props for all them hard working Farmers because I want you all to see sell and make big profit… good luck…

  25. Johnnie Boy
    March 15, 2017

    Great initiate Thompson , regardless if the market was already in existence the guys are trying to improve the lives of the farmers by assisting them in exporting their produce . The Government should be the one taking the lead . Shame on this Labor administration on another note them the Government ” One Man ” go fix all the potholes in the road all over the country .
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  26. Tj
    March 15, 2017

    Congratulations are in order for your initiative

    • March 16, 2017

      What initiative? Stop buying misinformation, Dominica was already shipping agricultural produce to Martinique. Just another dishonest presentation. This however should not take away from the fact that something positive is been done.

  27. Who put the spirit
    March 15, 2017

    Thumps up good inniative by UWP and the Farmers.

    • March 15, 2017

      We want you guys as well as other agencies who are exposing the corruption in Government and with the CBI program don’t allow the people to forget what is been done to the lives of the people , ..
      I have to congratulate UWP for stepping up to the pole you came thru with a plan which put cash into the pocket of the farmers . I can see a group of Dominican men/women who have a good vision and given a chance they will turn the Island around, it will take some time but the people will all reap the rewards…. PM and his administration have to go so Dominica can survive .

  28. Madness
    March 15, 2017

    Lies and more lies i’ve been in the hucstering business for over 40 years and i’ve never came across that kind of money …in 2 months all that money was made .. stop lying …your not buying from the farmers u payimg them on your return ..stop take people customers and selling cheap….get better work to do and live for the poor hucksters …leave the huckters in their trade.

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2017

      Competition is healthy and makes you sharp and is better for the consumers too. Wake up hucksters, this is2017.

    • March 15, 2017

      Madness just get on board what have you got to loose, put your mouth where you can eat and stop being jealous.

    • viewsexpressed
      March 16, 2017

      You are obviously in denial or some Madness take you and when something good, decent is before your eyes, you are unable to associate with it. You rather believe Skerrit and his corrupt government as it relates to the bin Bobol, the fertilizer Bobol, the passport scam etc.etc,…etc.

      Wake up and run away from Skerrit.

  29. Objective Labourite
    March 15, 2017

    Great news. I am happy that something is happening. The middle men( UWP Leaders) will be gainfully occupied and make some hard earned cash. Thompson come to the South East where there are plenty farmers that waiting for all you to come back in power for them to plant again. At least hope they do it for you .

  30. March 15, 2017

    “When the opportunity came to sell to the Martinique market in December 2016, the party took it..”

    You mean to tell me foolish DNO put this statement on their page? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    So this is the first ever shipment of produce from Dominica to Martinique? Wow DNO should really research before they put UWP propaganda on their page. But we all know how that works…

    • Long Lost Dominica
      March 15, 2017

      thank god some famlies got to sell some stuff they hard spoiling on their farms instead of kiss Skerrit a.. for money. People like you that making me not want to come to Dominica. Those that getting have all the mouth but what about those that not getting?

    • viewsexpressed
      March 16, 2017

      ….Ohhh no, your statement is foolish, wake up from the foolishness of the corrupt Labour Party, you are hooked for too long.

  31. Look It
    March 15, 2017

    Man I have never since so many upset Skerrities post on DNO, its like they flipped after reading this… I am cracking up on the anger being shown on this post by Skerrities.

    One person said “how can UWP say the opened that market” …. has it ever occur to those so upset and angered that hustlers have been going there to sell produce they purchased from farmers, they do so by having to sell at a people’s market and or drive throughout the island selling. However, UWP was actually able to secure a buyer and facilitate a group of farmers to send over their produce directly to that buyer and NOT via a hustler, who would then sell to patrons.

    Even if the government has mentioned their attempts, no further report was made on progree… and even if in 2014 X amount was sold to Martinique (I’m sure was via hustlers and not facilitate by the government) WHY TRY TO ROB UWP OF THEIR EFFORTS????? THEY FACILITATED THIS, GIVE THEM THEIR THUMBS UP!!!

    • kingman
      March 16, 2017

      Boss all that Thomson do is go to the PACKING HOUSE at longhouse ,Portsmouth buy his produce and put it on Hen Lee right there in Longhouse. The man is just an ordinary HUCKSTER. Good to know he finally find something productive to do unlike his leader.

      and I thank you.

      • Dominican
        March 17, 2017

        correct @kingman

  32. March 15, 2017

    That’s the news? The multi purpose packinghouse helped you guys with that shipment right? No commendation for them den TomTom?

    • Toto
      March 16, 2017

      Multi purpose packing houses going the way of the banana packing sheds. Have the farms certified and sell direct. This saves time, reduces costs, damages the produce/fruits less and leaves more margin for the farmer.

  33. face reality
    March 15, 2017

    Dominica is bless with nature we cant deny that lets work to better our self the hatien know and is using the gift we have come on

  34. March 15, 2017

    Yes I UWP! Where allu getting the boxes from? Who does the crop washing and preparations for the produce to go go out? Does DEXIA sound familiar? Please speak the whole truth!

  35. Clergy Man
    March 15, 2017

    That’s all?? Well…we doomed to failure if we should be satisfied with that.
    Isn’t there some business men in that group who are heavily vested in agriculture??

  36. fed up
    March 15, 2017

    @why shut up! You are not making any sense here. Go away hater!

  37. Dominica Finish
    March 15, 2017

    Uwp tired lie

    • viewsexpressed
      March 16, 2017

      I like your lie, I really, really like your lie, well YOu Finish….

  38. Justice LeBlanc
    March 15, 2017

    Nice move! Huckster… at least it is done legally and the farmers are the ones enjoying it with their families. The DLP will not teach you to fish; they want as many Dominicans as possible to ask them for a fish, then they manipulate you. THAT A RED FLAG in any relationship- “citizens :roll: beware”

  39. Me One
    March 15, 2017

    Liar,liar your pants on fire, While you are not using your time wisely, . You have the ability to make a difference and you choose to be a huckster! Somewhere a person is longing for you to change their mind. Use your gift or will be taken from you. The letters you are writing for Lennox are exceptionally good, take it in the classroom.

  40. Watchman
    March 15, 2017

    Ok ok for the idiots sake lets say the market was reopend however farmers are smiling once more

  41. March 15, 2017

    Lies and more foolishness from uwp

    • Ideal
      March 15, 2017

      Why don’t you and your Labour government try to do better and help the farmers? If this is successful I guess the government will take credit for it…Way to go UWP.

    • i'm from the valley
      March 15, 2017

      that is the way to go, you have to capitalize on the opportunities, uwp doing a great job. just imagine what will happen to the farmers,Dominica and the economy if this program continues and strengthens as time goes by……

  42. Why
    March 15, 2017

    Give us the breaking news! Who has to pay what? £££ DNO your one sided gutter politics is pathetic

  43. March 15, 2017

    http://www.news.gov.dm/index.php/news/2453-dominica-working-to-increase-exports-to-martinique.
    This is good, but the UWP should not give the impression that they alone were responsible. All that has happened is that members of the UWP has got involved in shipping produce to Martinique an activity that Dominicans were already involved in. Dominica also is already shipping produce to Barbados. This is not not a UWP initiative.

  44. YungMusician
    March 15, 2017

    Hahahaha. Boy them man does lie dry wi boy…. The market was always there and always open for many years now. As a huckster you got involved in shipping to Martinique like every other huckster did many many years before you. The farmers always had the crops available to hucksters for shipping to St Kitts, Antigua, Martinique Guadalupe, Tortola, St Croix, St Thomas etc. Now you coming and take credit… :-D :-D :-D . All these last weeks and months you are claiming that agriculture is dead and buried, now you seem to say it’s flourishing, now you realize there’s money to be made in agriculture huh…

    • Dominican
      March 15, 2017

      Tongson just feel a way because economist turn huckster. nothing to be ashamed about money is money

    • Look It
      March 15, 2017

      I liked you said that…. the farmers sold vai HUCKSTERS….. uwp actually erased the middle man and created a direct link between the farmers and the buyer.

      I know that some farmers never ever really are the ones to gain from selling their produce to hucksters. Some of these hucksters take their produce on credit and when they return don’t pay them saying “sales wasn’t good” or “the produce spoil” or “produce wasn’t good and they had to throw away half”… the farmer at times are left with NOTHING.

      So if UWP was able to cut out the middle man and faciliate a direct link for sale to a market then BRAVO to them and for their efforts.

      I can attest to hucksters and how the rob farmers blind, my father is a farmer and when he was tired of huckster robbing him, he started doing his own huckstering…however huckstering is not an ease task so he stopped.

  45. Director
    March 15, 2017

    These guys cannot be real. You opened the Martinique market for fresh produce? And in 2016? This market has had historical trading relationship with Dominica for years. Going back before 2016, to be more exact in 2014 Dominica’s export trade with Martinique in fresh produce was $ 747, 623.25. Yams alone amounted to $315, 514.36. We really need to stop these political gimmicks and get facts strait! This fake news needs to stop!

    • Concerned
      March 15, 2017

      so if in two months they made like 150,000 . dont you think in a year they would make a higher amount than the 747,623.25. So i think instead of crying down them i think u should welcome it at least is a growth . We should stop this negative , political feelings we have and look towards any thing which increases people’s income. That’s why we will have a one of the lowest GDP in the world . Is people like you and the rest , who cry down everything someone tries to increase people way of living . I not for blue or red or even black . I for DOMINICA and growth as a country .

      • March 16, 2017

        Concerned, you believe Thomson make all that? And for one, two shipments? We should be concerned about you!

    • Dominican
      March 15, 2017

      Read the article please. It does not say that this initiative opened the Martinique market but revitalized it. I welcome anything that puts more money into our farmers’ pocket, no matter if it is labour or UWP, the color of the money is the same.

  46. Business mind
    March 15, 2017

    Good move… Action speck louder then words every time

    • boss man
      March 15, 2017

      So who dump the dasheen at Antrim? ‘UWP.’ Where were you guys? Fontaine and the rest had so much to say. None of them said they had a market at that point. If all you had a market like you’ll claiming, your comments would have been very different. I know for years there have been a market in the French territories. If you take up hucksterring, you are assisting the farmers yes. Thats about it.

  47. Red's
    March 15, 2017

    So u mean to tell me the government not shipping any fruits an vegetables for it farmers……See how u taking praise….An u not in government.. Labour does the same thing all of u guys are the same no difference..AND DNO PLEASE LET MY COMMENT MOVE..WE YOUNG PEOPLE NOT IN THEM POLITTIC..

  48. Greg Cadette possie
    March 15, 2017

    If is the only time workers do something positive is that. Workerrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!

  49. Ceci
    March 15, 2017

    Great job Thompson. Thanks for putting money in the hands of our hard working brothers and sisters. That is the kind of money we need going around. Monies earned from the sweat of our brows!

  50. %
    March 15, 2017

    BRILLIANT JOB UWPites…This is what those nobrainers,inept gang,the dunce cats and morons in the DLP gang,posIng as a government CANNOT DO!!!They are too busy looking after themselves,while the country is catching hell..They are too busy trying to buy votes with CBI MONEY!!!This regime represents EVIL in an unadulterated form…LAZY,CORRUPT and POLLUTED IDIOTS…They should be dumped!SKERRIT MUST GO! SKERRIT MUST GO!SKERRIT MUST GO!

    • Mrs. Me
      March 15, 2017

      % your ideology stinks, give up we are not buying it. Your hatred and obsession for Skerro has earned you a special seat with the devil.

      • %
        March 15, 2017

        I am not going to hell with you and Skerrit..Remember the statement:::::””””Where Labour Party Get Their Money is not your Dam business”””…GO TO HELL!!GO TO HELL!!GO TO HELL””””…Thats where you belong,i refuse to follow you..Let me again praise Dr Fontaine and the others for this extraordinarily great move…Compare that with a government that has been in office for 20years..They are idiots!!!SKERRIT MUST GO!!!SKERRIT MUST GO!!!SKERRIT MUST GO!

  51. scars
    March 15, 2017

    well the other hucksters will have to put pics of their produce on DNO too. They are all doing the same as you in Martinique so what’s the big hoopla. Well its just a nice way to let the nation know that you are a huckster now.

    • Anonymous
      March 16, 2017

      Things have changed. Just like a lot of people are buying things direct on line now and booking their travel the same way without a travel agent. It cuts out the middleman, which makes services quicker and saves money. Get with the times. Life does not stand still, it is dynamic. Good move.

  52. the eye
    March 15, 2017

    Good job!!

  53. jonathan st jean
    March 15, 2017

    Great move by the UWP.If they can achieve that level of success whilst in opposition, can you imagine what will happen once they are the government.Meanwhile the Labour party only promises hotels.Empty crocoss bag can’t stand up

  54. Anthony Ismael
    March 15, 2017

    This is what I’m talking about. Providing services and in this case cold hard cash to individuals without government intervention or hand outs. No fan fare, just simple old-fashioned results. Keep up the good work.

  55. JOE
    March 15, 2017

    AwaH Thomson, don’t be ashame to say you are a Huckster, there is nothing wrong with the trade!! Neither you nor uwp open up any Martinique Market, just now you will say is uwp that got Martinique into the OECS!!!!

    YOUR SIN WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU!!!!

    • jonathan st jean
      March 15, 2017

      Joe you seem to have a problem that farmers are selling their products and not begging the red clinic for handouts

    • Look It
      March 15, 2017

      Weyyyyyyy all you vex eh lol lol lol It burning you eh…. he cannot say he got Martinique in OECS, BUT he can say “30 tons of produce were shipped to Martinique putting about $150,000 directly in the hands of farmers.”

      Behhhhhhhhh :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • CRIME STOPPERZ
      March 15, 2017

      idiot… Thompson is exporting and that is the bottom line, being a huckster is honest way of living but huckstering passports to criminals cannot be good for our country

      • Dominican
        March 15, 2017

        So why he shame? Making a statement about open a market that was there already? Just agree PHD turn huckster nah? But on another note why cant a PHD do better? wow you give education a bad name tomson.

      • JOE
        March 15, 2017

        Who you calling Idiot????? You must be a real D.A to be wrapped around Thomson and his bull crap!!!!! The man fell from grace, he was the one who said our economy crash, agriculture dead, so who the hell is he buying all these agricultural produce from??

        THERE IS NONE SO BLIND THAN HE WHO WILL NOT SEE!!! GON Emmanuel true words for all you A…HOLES!!!! Yes you CRIME STOPPERZ I TALKING TO!!!!

    • Joe, do you realize that you are an ignorant idiot!?

      Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, prior to becoming present of the United States was into peanut farming, he was introduced as a peanut farmer to the world prior to becoming president! I am sure he might still own his farm land, although since his defeat at the poles in the 80’s he used his skills as a carpenter to build house for the very poor and unfortunate people for free.

      Have you ever heard of an organization call Habitat for Humanity; Jimmy Carter organized that!

      He had to sell his peanut crops; I suppose that made him a huckster too. What is wrong if by any chance Thomson decides to do farming and sell his agricultural produce, is that a crime?

      Wouldn’t that be better than him becoming involved into corrupted conduct, and thievery? Would you prefer he become a diplomatic passport sales man, like the prime minister?

      Shut up guy you are stupid!

      • Man bites Dogs
        March 16, 2017

        @ Francisco,You don’t leave in Dominica, you don’t pay taxes,you have never contribute a thing to help Dominica progress, so it’s time you do something special for Dominica, just piss off our affairs.

    • %
      March 15, 2017

      Lets assume that your garbage was true,WHAT IS YOUR POINT.?Whats wrong with the good PhD doctor being a huckster.The fact is for 20 years DLP could not do that.Those greedies focus are on people lik Monfared and Lapseng!

      • Dominican abroad
        March 16, 2017

        I’d rather be a real Ph.D and help our farmers sell their produce than an honorary Ph.D. from the Punjab, selling diplomatic passports to characters of ill repute that are wanted by the law. I don’t carry what political party you support.This is a very good initiative.

    • Lang Mama
      March 15, 2017

      Really man. You sound lime the typical ignorant Laborat and all alongvI though you were though bias but i intelligent enough. I csnt seem to find anywhere in the article that suggest that UWP open up the market in Martinique. Secondly it is shameful of you to suggest that huckstering is beneath anyone. Huckstering is a legitimate business. There is no shame in the legitimste trading of our agricultural products..
      The most sucessful business owners in this world are not necessarily highly educated people.
      Is DEXIA not a huckstering agency?
      I had the opportunity to deal with many hucksters and i can asdure you thst in the 80’s and 90’s hucksters were doing very very well. They built their homes, bought vehicles and built viable business.

    • Dominican abroad
      March 16, 2017

      Joe, you know what. Martinique is only an associate member and that means squat diddly except to posing politicians. We still don’t have free trade or movement of people. Now, if any politician could get Dominica into the E.U., that would be really something. Rosie Douglas already had that idea and I always thought that was worth pursuing.

  56. kingman
    March 15, 2017

    Hmmm, I thought agriculture was dead and already buried. you frying in your own oil.

  57. no justice, no peace
    March 15, 2017

    workers’;;;; was and will always be the best

  58. March 15, 2017

    Its about time UWP start doing something to assist in the country and stop politicking

  59. Doc. Love
    March 15, 2017

    Don’t be overjoyed just yet. Knowing Skeritt and his Government don’t be surprised you are asked to seek permission from the DEXIA in order to ship agricultural produce from Dominica in such huge supplies and because it is an initiative of the UWP.

    • The Darkness
      March 15, 2017

      Don’t go and blight them nuh… This is a good initiative and the right kind of thinking.

      Dominica’s chief export should be its agricultural produce. That is its top recyclable product.

      Also, if anything, the world could hit a low and starve, we would hit it big a sell and have for all da masses.

      People, cultivate!! Don’t go following the fools of The World… remember you are humans of The Earth.

  60. AbdulAziz AKA ArAb
    March 15, 2017

    This looks promising and I am happy to see that even while being out of power that the UWP is still trying to keep promises that are possible to be kept. I hope that the wealth is spread among the famers country wide and not concentrated in areas that supports the UWP. I hope to see further growth.

  61. Look It
    March 15, 2017

    And they aren’t even in power.

    So imagine if this team had access to the available resources that this DLP failed government has.

    Every election DLP promises farmers that they would purchase cargo boats/ships to help transport produces, to where, I don’t know by the way eh…. 15 years later and this has yet to materialize. Yet a ship flagged with our flag was arrested for carrying illegal cargo; oil, to China…..

    whilst UWP is steadily working to make good on their promises… a promise they made only ONCE, 2 years and some months ago!! SMFH…..

    WE LOVE OUR PM… MY BLOOD RED SO I WILL DIE RED!!!!! SMFH.

    • %
      March 15, 2017

      Imagine for 20years,them DLP scarecrows have not been able to do anything looking like that.But they are great and mighty in finding people like MADUEKE,MONFARED,LAPSENG,CORALLO,and many other criminals.

      • Mrs. Me
        March 15, 2017

        % Since Doctor hucksters is busy in Martinique, your standard of writing has gone haywire. How about you addressing the UN or OACS. You should have completed high school my boy..

  62. Zandoli Claywat
    March 15, 2017

    Great news, so long the PM promise a boat for farmers produce, we haven’t seen it yet maybe it is the one that sunk in Portsmouth last week. Kudos to your Mr Fontaine.

    • JOE
      March 15, 2017

      Zandoli so what is stopping you from buying as boat? Why wait on government, this sounds like a private sector initiative to me…. Saying that, who owns the boat Thomson et al is using to export the produce??? Is it Government or private???

      So i hope you get my drift, everything is not government, and am happy that Thomson has join me in the huckster trade, i wish him all the best…. hope he uses his economic skills to manage it as a true business, one that we can imitate……..

  63. televangelists are false prophets
    March 15, 2017

    So wait, this market was not opened to us before? The biggest joke is that Johnson Drigo will take the credit saying that through the ministry xxx tons was exported.

    • cold hard truth
      March 15, 2017

      Idiot

    • %
      March 15, 2017

      Now that we know about the BRILLISNT OPPORTUNITY, “”Jonhson Dont Know””” ,,,cannot do that.

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