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.