Government says it is expected to start development of a coffee factory in Dominica this year after signing a memorandum of understanding with the government of Venezuela for the project in 2010.
“We expect to see the full implementation of this program during the course of this year so let us keep our fingers crossed,” Minister for Agriculture Matthew Walter said on DBS radio.
The project, funded by the Commonwealth of Dominica and Venezuela, will also cover the rehabilitation and expansion of coffee acreage in Dominica, Walter said.
Dominica has made available 1.5 acres of land at One Mile in Portsmouth for the erection of the coffee plant, and is to provide land to facilitate training of coffee producers. Venezuela will provide assistance for establishment and rehabilitation of coffee fields here as well as the installation of the coffee processing plant.
“The major part of the program will be funded by the Venezuelan government,” Walter noted.
Government has said the island is capable of producing high quality coffee and has called on Dominicans to plant more of the crop.