Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that the government will soon be making “a serious package” available to farmers whose crops have been affected by the deadly fungal disease, Black Sigatoka.
Speaking during the closing debate on supplementary estimates in parliament on Wednesday evening, the prime minister said the package will be announced in the next week or two.
“In the next week or two the government shall announce a special package for farmers who have been affected by Black Sigatoka, and those who will be interested in diversifying and planting new crops while we continue to treat the Black Sigatoka in Dominica,” he said.
According to the prime minister, the disease is proving to be a challenge for farmers since the chemical used for treating it is very expensive.
He said the government has been soliciting the assistance of farmers in the fight against the disease because their absolute cooperation is necessary.
“There are still farmers in Dominica who do not want us to come on their farms to treat and to deal with the Black Sigatoka,” Skerrit pointed out.
He also said the bulk of a recent shipment of fertilizer from Morocco will go towards farmers affected by the disease.
Black Sigatoka was first detected in Dominica in July, 2012.
It is a leaf spot disease of banana plants caused by ascomycete fungus.