Gov’t distributes fertilizer to farmers

Drigo said his ministry is on a mission to assist farmers
Drigo said his ministry is on a mission to assist farmers

Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo, said that the government has already distributed 2,800 bags of fertilizers from 20,000 to be made available through the EU-funded Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM).

Drigo said last week that his ministry is on a mission to help farmers on the island to get back on their feet.

“I want the nation to know that of the 20,000 bags of fertilizer from the Banana Accompanying Measures, only 2,800 has arrived and has been distributed,” he stated. “The farmers who have not received fertilizer out of the BAM will get their share of the fertilizer which is coming in on the island.”

He said the fertilizer was distributed to farmers of the north and north-east zones.

He explained that the ministry prepared a list of every farmer deserving of receiving the fertilizer and the entire list was approved.

He said the distribution was done in such a way to ensure every farmer was assisted.

“Every bag of fertilizer the ministry receive belong to farmers and will go to farmers,” Drigo remarked.

He added that the Ministry is expecting an additional shipment of 5000 bags of fertilizers by the end of December of early January.

“The Ministry will decide where that fertilizer is distributed,” Drigo noted.

Meantime he said the biggest problem farmers face is that of accessing planting material.

“Nobody can get dasheen plant, nobody can get plantain plants right now, nobody can get banana plants right now…,” he remarked.

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25 Comments

  1. Zeb Kooess
    December 22, 2015

    What type of fertilizer? Does the fertilizer have a name? Many Third World countries are using fertilizer that is banned in developed countries. Any reasons why? Well, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. My friends, our foods are being contaminated!!! All who are able to grow their food without fertilizer should do so.

  2. Viewsexpressed
    December 22, 2015

    John Wallace, …watch your English and choice of words….it is not “to persons..” but ..”selling to the people……” or be specific. ,…if it is to farmers, say “selling them to farmers…” Got my drift?
    Stop making the word persons general……..or representing a great number of people
    Thanks

  3. Roseau south
    December 22, 2015

    It is plain to see the value placed by this Government on Agriculture. Two blind mice at the head of the sector – trying to direct something they are both clueless about. – Drigo leading the Guist or the guise leading the drigo. Have merci on Agri

  4. Tjebe Fort
    December 22, 2015

    All they are doing is fertilizing corruption, especially in Wesley.

  5. Tjebe Fort
    December 22, 2015

    Government distributing fertilizer and the Hon. Minister distributing manure.

  6. December 22, 2015

    The gov’t needs a compost factory,this fertilizer is a chemical fertilizer,is has ammonia ,nitrogen and phosphorus,these chemicals helps or makes plants grow very quick but using it over and over for a long period destroys the good components of the soil which destroys the growth of plants.The plants will reproduce less and less as the years go by,even the wild weed will be affected and erosion will take place,no matter how much compost which is natural fertilizer such as rotten grass and raw food peelings that is added to the soil is the better,the plants will not grow as fast as the plants with fertilizer but there is no risk for the soil, the plants,but also remember that fertilizer can affect the skin,when ingested it can also be harmful…

    • Tjebe Fort
      December 22, 2015

      Carcon, they have compost factory. It is called the Finance Centre.

  7. December 21, 2015

    if farmers cannot get dasheen, plantain and banana plants according to Johnson drigo , then what is it missing again for us to see and agree that there is a crisis in the agriculture industry ? and on what basis will a farmer be a deserving farmer ? we know that answer already, if thy are not red then they will suce sel .

  8. %
    December 21, 2015

    Drigo you are part of a lazy,
    incompetent group that have failed Dominica….

  9. Tampa
    December 21, 2015

    “Nobody can get dasheen plant, nobody can get plantain plants right now, nobody can get banana plants right now…,” he remarked

    And Drigo says it with pride. The minister should be embarrassed by this situation. Is this what we have become? Another indication of a FAILED STATE.

  10. so what about the fertilizer that was distributed in St. Joseph in the night by mr kelver darroux????? one bag per farmer he said….pple who are not involved in fertilizer one way or the order get fertilizer, while pple who were affected by Ericka and are in need are being left out… shame on u DRIGO.coming and play like u innocent.u know about it.what about the extension officers that are being laughed at by farmers because they are unaware of the distribution being done…why are u all doing this.BETTER MUST COME.

    • indira Ghandi
      December 21, 2015

      I am so ashamed of Dominica.
      They people need to dump the fertilizer in the river.
      nonsense.

      • Tjebe Fort
        December 22, 2015

        No, don’t do that, it will kill our fishes even in the sea. Please, don’t do that.

      • Zeb Kooess
        December 22, 2015

        You want to destroy the fish habitat and you call yourself “Ignorant Ghandi?”

  11. Looking
    December 21, 2015

    The only thing i don’t understand is, why are politicians directly involved in the distribution?

  12. guest of honor
    December 21, 2015

    you mean like the bags that pass Salsbury straight and go down to Possie because the losing candidate in Salsbury decide Salsbury people have to gwayay to get fertiliser?? you mean like the bags that two “farmers” from the TOP BOSS constituency hoarded then sold at $20.00. those are the bags that’s for the farmers?? are those the bags you reffering to?? oh ok cool!!!

  13. KID ON THE BLOCK
    December 21, 2015

    @ Doc. Love, You seem to be forgetting in the UWP time man!

    • Viewsexpressed
      December 22, 2015

      YOu Kid you, keep on kicking on the Block……then change that red shoes of yours……..

  14. truththe
    December 21, 2015

    Oh ho it is from BAM and the Agricultural station are charging $20 a bag after the farmers suffer such great lost. In some areas they have to join a group by paying $10. And still have to pay $20 per bag. Minister Sir investigate your constituency.

    By the way how is Miniter Austrie doing, have you visited him on behalf of our constituency? Knowing he spent much time with us during the pass election. Give him our regards for speedy recovery.

  15. Watching
    December 21, 2015

    So what! Sounds like they are giving the farmers the world…. Like stated, ” Every bag of Fertilizer the Ministry receive belongs to farmers and will go to farmers,” Big deal!

  16. cameron
    December 21, 2015

    Yeah right Drigo,to the labourites alone,please fool someone else.

  17. Floridian diaspora
    December 21, 2015

    While this can serve as some sort of Christmas consolation to the farmers, tell me what are you giving to the rest of the country? This is one dread Christmas season in Dominica. And guess what’s the general cabal’s excuse? Erika. Blame Erika for everything as if the country was doing so good before Erika; big joke. Skeritt telling the nation to be merry as if they have anything to be merry about. All I can see in the place are long faces. People describing this season to be the deadest ever, while his majesty is away in a manger enjoying the cheese which he stole from the people. If you love your P.M., then you must be prepared to love the hard times that comes along with it. Some people even saying that “they need to go and check the priest because the “holes” in their underwear has made it too “holy” and they cannot afford to buy new ones to put on them”. Skeritt’s nonsense is now affecting the people’s attire too? Lol! You guys are the ones who put him there so deal with it

  18. dissident
    December 21, 2015

    Instead of saying nobody can get planting materials de minister of agriculture can’t even reassure farmers that the material needed can be sourced!
    Nobody can get it and that’s it!
    De new agriculture policy!

  19. Doc. Love
    December 21, 2015

    It would be interesting to know the names of many of the so called farmers which have received fertilizer. The Ministry will decide where the fertilizer will be distributed, that is Mr. Hector Spraggs problems. It is alleged, in order to receive fertilizer you must travel to a Constituency which was won by the DLP in the last general elections or your dress code must be red. According to the song, you must know somebody who knows somebody.

  20. john wallace
    December 21, 2015

    I see farmers selling them to persons for $20.00 a bag. Even as low as $10.00 if you lucky to find the right
    farmer. Farmers getting a little extra money for xmas ha ha

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