Multi-purpose pack houses to boost fresh produce exports

Fresh produce at the market in Roseau
Fresh produce at the market in Roseau

Roseau, Dominica (July 22nd, 2016): The official opening ceremony of the DEXIA Multi-Purpose Pack-Houses will take place on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 in Portsmouth. The significance of this milestone is critical for boosting the export of fresh agricultural produce is expected, as a result of the operationalization of the facilities.

In fact, whilst the facilities are not yet officially open for business significant volumes of fresh produce, up to 272,104 pounds, have already been processed in the Pack-houses.

In addition, the quality of produce being exported has already improved greatly, as exporters using the facilities now have access to state-of-the-art washing and grading facilities.

Immediate improvements to the country’s export potential will be realized not only through improved post-harvest handling but also through enhanced packaging and more competitive pricing. This will further enhance Dominica’s position in external markets that demand good quality, fresh produce.

Friday’s historic opening of the facilities and the remarks and speeches to be delivered by officials of DEXIA, the National Authorizing Office to the European Union, the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Minister for Trade, the Minister for Agriculture and Dominica’s distinguished Prime Minister, will endorse this great opportunity to improve our fresh agricultural produce.

The export of Dominica’s Nature Isle fresh produce is managed by the DEXIA Multi-purpose Pack-houses. The Multi-purpose Pack-house facilities located in Roseau and Portsmouth were built by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica with financial support from the National Authorizing Office of the European Union and the CDF in order to enhance the competitiveness of fresh produce and agro-processed products exported from the Commonwealth of Dominica.

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15 Comments

  1. July 23, 2016

    I have visited several large supermarkets on different islands in the Caribbean and in the Azores. I was troubled by the short supply of fresh veggies and fruit in their produce departments. Maybe I went at the wrong time in both places.

    I hear Dominica has rich fertile land for growing. What I see in this picture looks rewarding. You need people who will accept the challenge of working the land, and business people who can handle the exporting end of the work. I don’t know much about this because it is not my field. But what I read and see here suggests a new day is dawning for this kind of agriculture on the nature island.

    Isn’t it interesting how the nay-sayers never fail to come out of the woodwork at a time like this and find
    something negative to say? Pay them no mind. At the end of the day it will be “mission accomplished”!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. :-P

    • Dr Rev Hill encore /again
      July 25, 2016

      Dr Rev Hill again & everywhere ! garcon ou pas feb! Garcon ou tous par tou?
      Jack of all trade & master of toutes LMAO
      I told you to add a 4th degree and you’d beat FET now U did. I see consistency you talk about agricultural produce in supermarkets in the Caribbean & the Azores lol! Try Gibralter next Rev. did you go on an agricultural trip oas a private eye for the Gov’t of Canada or the Province of Ontario?
      Ur contradiction is right there Rev so I suggest you shut up right now.You said it urself.
      ” I don’t know much about this because it is not my field. But what I read and see here suggests a new day is dawning for this kind of agriculture on the nature island.”
      Rev give us a break and a huge one at that. U are like Trump no depth difference U accept he does not . Lol! Nice of you to have stated U don’t know private eye work drug counseling, Evangelism let alone agricultural economics.

      • July 27, 2016

        First nobody seems to know who you are.

        Second what you say is a jumble and makes no sense.

        Third I did NOT state that I don’t know private eye work, drug counseling, or evangelism. On the contrary. I have been licensed in each of these fields and have worked in each of these fields.

        I did in fact admit that agriculture is not my field therefore I don’t know MUCH about it. This does not mean I know NOHING about it, or am not qualified to comment on the subject. People who know us in this part of Ontario, Canada know this is not true. We did have a large dairy and vegetable farm in the family for decades which was worked successfully by cousins, and I spent time there.

        I wonder what you are afraid of. But don’t worry. I have no interest in you.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  2. Sams Gutter
    July 22, 2016

    The solution in to make agriculture a viable business venture. Get young people to invest in agriculture. I remember planting acres of plantain only to have them rot in the field because of no markets

  3. July 22, 2016

    8) you Dominicans are joy killers talk about being possitive

  4. July 22, 2016

    Haitians taking over the market in Roseau. That means Haitians are working the land, while young Dominicans seat by the road or rob people

  5. keepingitreal
    July 22, 2016

    this is great news and im happy for our northern farmers ,but what about Roseau :?: :?: .

    • hmmmmm
      July 22, 2016

      hahahahaha roseau? hahahahaha. so sorry nothing for roseau. mr skerrit sends everything to the north in case you have not noticed. 1)moroccan hotel – portsmouth 2) resort kempinski-portsmouth 3) marriott hotel – portsmouth 4) abattoir – portsmouth 5) multi million dollar ferry project= portsmouth 6)road projects= portsmouth in time to come new hospital for portsmouth and international airport on the north.

      • hmmmmm
        July 22, 2016

        and of course lets not forget this most recent multi purpose pack houses-PORTSMOUTH!

  6. jonathan st jean
    July 22, 2016

    Multi-purpose pack houses is not new.They existed 20years ago whilst I was still in Dominica,so what happened.Why were they allowed to get into disrepute.Just having multi-purpose pack houses will not increase exports of agriculture in the country.Where is the production,where is the farm access,where are the inputs where is the finance,where is the labour,where are the markets.This sounds like bandage on a sore

    • Dalit
      July 22, 2016

      There have never been fully automated pack houses.

      Jonathan St Jean you are the sore, or bobo and unfortunately no one has the bandage for you.

      • jonathan st jean
        July 24, 2016

        Wether fully automated or not why did agriculture output and exports decline in the recent past?Are you suggesting it’s because the pack houses were not fully automated?This is an assanine line of argument.Let me reiterate,there were multi-purpose pack houses in Dominica in 1997 when I left the country yet agriculture was allowed to decline.Simply having new facilities will not guarantee the desired results of increased production and exports.This is a bandage on a sore.

    • Jon Jones
      July 23, 2016

      18 people disagree with this post yet offer no counter argument, statement of fact or opinion. Why not point out what is wrong here? Maybe it is because it it true.

      Similarly, how economic is an abbatoir when we dont breed livestock?
      How ecomomic is a coffee plant when we dont invest in a crop to harvest it first?

      These are cart before horse economics and have a high failure and wasteage rate where employed. On face value these projects would never proceed but without financial accountability and transparency to the electorate, they are happening. I suspect one day that Dominicans will be not very pleased when they realise the futile waste on high risk projects that they will be asked to repay.

      I so hope that I’m wrong for the future legacy of this island.

    • forreal
      July 23, 2016

      burrrrrrrrp 20 years outside of dominica and have the nerve and guile to criticize dominica and Dominicans,you just one of them other belch and bad gas :evil: people

    • Me
      July 23, 2016

      Ask the Haitians they are working the land. If our farmers want to play lazy Hatiains will take advantage of the packhouse

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