The “laid back” attitudes of farm workers in Dominica have been blamed in part, for the decline in Dominica’s agriculture sector.
According to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture is the poor services being received by farm owners who employ laborers on their farms.
He said in an interview with the Government Information Service, that farm workers in Dominica must be more diligent.
“You cannot build agriculture when people who provide work for you, give you one hour’s work for $40. Farm workers are the best paid people in Dominica but they are not diligent. You go to a farm and you see guys gossiping and making jokes. If you are not there, you won’t get half an hour work,” he said.
According to the prime minister, these types of attitudes and mindset have to change.
“We rob our employers here but when we go elsewhere, we work like slaves,” he stated.
He said a lot more can be done from a government stand point, but the matter of poor performance by farm workers must be addressed.