PM Skerrit urges farmers to take advantage of AID Bank loan facility

Skerrit said the facility gives farmers access to working capital

Prime Minister Roosevelt is urging farmers in Paix Bouche and Dos D’ane to take advantage of the loan programme at the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID)Bank.

According to Skerrit, his government has placed $10-million at the AID Bank at an interest rate of three percent, with a grace period of six months to benefit farmers.

“I am urging the farmers to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said, while addressing the 18th Paix Bouche, Dos D’ane Village Council Inauguration earlier this week.. “It is an opportunity for you to have access to working capital because most of us who farm, we have some challenges.”

He continued,“One, the payment of farm labour and two, the procurement of inputs, and we are providing you with an interest, with an interest rate of three percent at the AID Bank to be able to finance your agricultural pursuits.”

Skerrit stated further that government has made an amendment to the loan agreement with the AID Bank.

“Because what we found out was that a number of farmers who need recertification, they need to have proper facilities on the farms,” Skerrit explained. “We are now allowing the banana farmers to access the loans to be able to build those sheds and make themselves meet the requirements for certification by Winfresh.”

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47 Comments

  1. stupes !
    January 23, 2017

    The farmers have to take LOANS and the parasites gets free money :!:
    what a stupid system !
    8-O
    CBI money should be invested in things that encourage economic growth
    NOT manipulation :!:
    :arrow: 8-O

  2. January 23, 2017

    First things first Punjab PhD go fix the roads which give farmers access to their farms; give them duty free concession on their vehicles and then they will take advantage of the AID Bank loan facility and better yet there is so much CBI monies going around for your ”mouton batallie” possie that it would be easier to give it to the hard working farmers of this country who for years had supported the Dominican economy.

    • stupes !
      January 23, 2017

      He have a doctorate now and still not thinking straight … :mrgreen:
      What a shame :!:

  3. January 23, 2017

    This is an indirect form of encouraging suicide Skerrit…The little bit that the farmers grow cannot sell ,the majority spoils or should be shared to family and friends instead of loosing every thing .you are asking them to take loans?You are pure and simply wicked.The farmer who will take your advise will end up with nothing except tears to cry ,broken families and loss of lives because certainly some will take their own lives..

  4. Tjebe fort
    January 22, 2017

    Be very careful folks, when you pledge your land against such a loan and cannot repay it the”powers that be” can get your land cheaply.You understand, this is a develish ploy, a trap!

  5. For the love of Dominica
    January 22, 2017

    Why didn’t you do the same for the Tourism Sector? This divide and rule style of politicking you’re practicing on the Private sector will only fail Dominica. Here you’re giving Million of Dollars of Passport monies to the Tourism sector to build Hotels upon Hotels and you’re asking Farmers to pay their way out of this Argricultire catastrophe.

    Only one with a lack vision thinks that way.

  6. The Truth Be Told (Original)
    January 21, 2017

    I guess some people do not like to borrow money which, of course, has to be paid back within a certain period. Do they fear their crops will not grow and sold? Why do they hesitate to take advantage of the loan opportunity?

    • Only from the mind of an idiot such thoughts could be deduced!

      You are an idiot; one without commonsense is indeed an idiot!

      • The Truth Be Told (Original)
        January 22, 2017

        Telemaque, DNO should prohibit you from this Website.
        You are always out of place and never know your place.. You are the idiot, mean, troublemaker and always making yourself look as one.
        I have informed you and warned you that one day you will pay for your unbecoming and insulting words to DNO readers which they do not deserve.
        The devil’s possession in you will never leave you, cause you to be nasty and persecute your fellow people and those who are by far more intelligent than you are. It is too much for you to stamina that others are smarter than you
        Learn humility. When will you cease your ignorant and debasing comments so that God will bless you and grace you to learn respect, intelligence and communication skills?
        Woe to you! You are heaping hot burning coals on your head and will pay for this someday, sooner than you expect. What you sow you will reap and two-fold. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • %
        January 23, 2017

        @The Truth be Told (Liz for Satan)
        You are very much out of place to dictate to DNO,what to do with a blogger.You too have blogged a lot of slimy,obnoxious,fetid and infectious garbage about the patriot,champion of the poor and oppressed Dominican,the honourable Lennox Linton..If the heat is too hot,,,why not leave the kitchen?..Have you ever reacted with anger when Skerrit insults us??,Why the hypocrisy?I treat your cesspit of crap with derision and contempt…Stop hiding in the bushes,come home,if you think its a paradise under this corrupt gang parading as a government!

      • Well, ole lady idiot, in the event DNO prohibit me from their sit, the kid will not cry over spilt milk!

        You know why?

        I have a site which I took off the Internet; however I continue to pay for the domain name http/www.yvonnedods.com every year for the past ten years; all I would have to do is reactivate it, and me alone can write whatever I wish in it. There I would be able to curse you out as much as I wish.

        Have you ever own a Web-site Facts?

        Well I have!

        I had one for more than twenty years, I shut it down after getting tired with it. I can always get it up and running any day of the week. And if you do not believe I had one ask me enemy Elizabeth; I introduced her to it but shut it down shortly after.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 23, 2017

      The gospel truth is you should go after Skerrit and his corrupt cabal labour government. When are you gonna get it that this country is at a crippling stage, under this inept Skerrit. Using your own words:, you really are an: “You are the idiot, mean, troublemaker and always making yourself look as one…..”, that blind supporter that you are of Skerrit and his corrupt cabal.
      Question, for Skerrit`s blind idiot: “When will you cease your ignorant and debasing comments so that God will bless you and grace you to learn respect, intelligence and communication skills?”
      Answer: When Skerrit and his corrupt government get the hell out of office, and go before the courts to answer questions like the Bin and Fertilizer bobols, the Passport fiasco, we need answers and all those fake diplomats on our country` name. So you and Skerrit, go to hell, go to hell, it is our business to question corruption.

    • only time will tell
      January 23, 2017

      you a one of them but I must tell you Dominicans knows well about loans if you a one of the hand outs people we a not like you all we know how to work hand and take loans to do business but do you see any thing going on in d/a then passports selling can the farmers take that loan to plant passport you all think is all d/a people that has the name DOM-IN-CANS

  7. The truth
    January 21, 2017

    You are to dishonest in your hart

  8. leroy shillingfordl
    January 21, 2017

    we need markets to sell our product if you are a real doctor you would know that you gave farmers banana plants than when its harvest time on markets ….you need to step down you fail in all what matters

  9. Roger Burnett
    January 21, 2017

    I would think that the last thing a farmer wants is the burden of a bank loan, no matter how low the interest rate. What a farmer does need is access to his land and a market for his produce.

  10. anonymous2
    January 21, 2017

    So that they can go into debt and be finished.

  11. Farmers together
    January 21, 2017

    LOL. SO how u all goin to pay back. people poor! where boat, where to sell where money too buy. PM, you livin in lala land stupes. You give us 3% from CBI investment programe help us get started. you ave so much money. give us a help. ?? :( :( :( :( :(
    u lost it.Boy go teach in school which use was trained for.

  12. Vaffanculo_PM
    January 21, 2017

    One China Policy Fini Bat, passport sales fini bat, Trump had arrived all leftist falling across the caribbean. US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, says China must stop its island-building activities in the disputed South China Sea and be banned from them.

  13. Doctor of corruption
    January 21, 2017

    So you gave the owners of Kupiski HOTEL our land and our passports and y Making loans available to us for agriculture. Man go sell your passport and I hope Trump takes very, very, very good care of you that corrupt man

  14. My little take
    January 21, 2017

    But Skerrit you well kill agriculture already so what damn money you talking about. The whole world knows is passports we selling to crooks and criminals so just make all 70,000 of us passport agents so we could all go sell passports and we all come back and build hotesl

  15. Man with ten senses
    January 21, 2017

    why some of us a so disrespectful and we are not seeing it. look how you all address the pm you stated Prime Minister Roosevelt . where :twisted: :twisted: is the man surname :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2017

      Who else is called Roosevelt nuh? So may famous people known by one name only like HItler, Napoleon and Stalin, and that was not even his real name. you want us to call him medard instead?

    • viewsexpressed
      January 23, 2017

      hat is irrelevant. Skerrit has not earn respect, and respect cannot be bought by bribing people and selling our passports secretly. Skerrit has to earn and he has far to go.
      The credibility person to be concerned about who has earned his respect fro the people of Dominica is Hon Lennox Linton. he has exposed Skerrit and rotten corrupt government, so so, dishonourable Skerrit fraid of Hon Linton. Nuff respect. Lol..lol

  16. spotish
    January 21, 2017

    My question is why is it that Bee Keepers are not accommodated under this facility. The AID Bank should know that without bees there will be no food. Apiculture is NOT agriculture???????????????? what a joke

  17. Laughing Cow
    January 21, 2017

    In 2005 or there about You said you were going to build a MODEST HOUSE for $400K EC it turned out to be like $2million plus. Then, U had only inherited a few acres from grandpa Money God mamie’s daddy. Plus the Bin Borbol etc fertilizer .Remember the article $5K salary-million $ home?
    If you were to build mow how much would it cost? Dr.Darroux said we have thousands of people on island in need of glasses etc. Dr. Benjie says 1000’s with bad heads. Dr. Medard says we have about 1000 with millions.
    No wonder this year’s mas is Dominique qui douce for a few!

  18. Concerned
    January 20, 2017

    What about donating money to the farmers .instead of tying to get them in whole they already are suffering from poor crops ,storm damage and other non citizens taking over their market

  19. I often wonder
    January 20, 2017

    DA like T& T back in the 80’s the saying was money is no problem. I was at school there and worked after graduating and trust me it was no problem. I wonder if you & ur Dry Land pirates are swimming in Passport $

  20. I often wonder
    January 20, 2017

    HEY Medard!
    Garcon you have so much cash after selling 575,000 [email protected]????? /passport you can give money to a bank! wow…………

  21. CONSCIOUS
    January 20, 2017

    UTILIZE THE BANK.
    YOU GOT THE LOAN. WHERE IS THE ROAD TO THE AGRICULTURAL LAND.
    WHERE IS THE MARKET FOR THE PRODUCE.
    HOW ARE YOU PAYING BACK THE LOAN.
    WHEN YOU CANNOT THE BANK TAKE YOUR HOUSE.
    YOU ARE NOW HOMELESS.
    THIS IS HOW A SMART MAN THINKS
    USE THE PASSPORT MONEY TO FIX THE ROADS
    ADVISE FARMERS TO TAKE LOANS
    SECURE THE MARKET FOR THE FARMERS
    USE THE PASSPORT MONEY TO BUY A BOAT TO CARRY THE PRODUCE
    LOANS WILL BE PAID
    ALL MAN WILL HAVE FLUSHING TOILET.
    THE PASSPORT MONEY WOULD HAVE DONE WONDERS

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 22, 2017

      Did you not read, more than once what DNO stated about typing in capital letters?
      Furthermore, it is not internet etiquette to type in capital letters.

  22. farmers bruised and bleeding
    January 20, 2017

    Looking for sympathy from farmers and their families? Skerritt\’s incompetent DLP regime has crippled the agricultural sector, thereby impoverishing the farmers and their families. But think of it. It is a strategy to get you poor or poorer, ensure your standards of living decreases, gets worse, so that you would come on bended knees, begging him, his cabal. Total control. Deepening mental enslavement.

    While Skerritt changed our Laws in Parliament, to facilitate giving the foreigner, Range Development, 15 ACRES from our CABRITS NATIONAL PARK, he now talks about farmers, accessing LOANS. Farmers are now poorer than ever, thanks to Skerritt DLP Gov\’t.? Where are the 2 boats to transport their produce? Where are the Markets?

    Selling passports, ORDINARY and DIPLOMATIC, is Skerritt\’s Plan for National Development. Farmers, out of it.

    http://www.caribbeannewsnow

  23. jeffrey a farmer
    January 20, 2017

    mr skerrit the loan at aid bank isnt for farmers sir with all due respect this is just a front .
    i have a passion for farming and tried to secure a loan at the aid bank and the requirements needed are way past my levels and those of other farmers .

    thanks for placing the funds on behalf of the farmers of Dominica , but it is not for us .

    if you are sure it is for the farmers please privide a list of farmers who has already benifited from this said facility .

    i thank u

  24. Paul Delatrois, Dr.Jur, LLB, MA
    January 20, 2017

    No, no, no!!!

    You are taking $40 million a month NET from the sale of our passports and you are asking hard-up people to BORROW money??????

    Are you crazy, Dr. Sherrit, or just plain evil??

  25. CARTREATS
    January 20, 2017

    PM Skerrit have your government created a market for the farmers to sell their harvest ?

  26. Minister of laterine Affairs
    January 20, 2017

    Pit toilet minister we are all fedup with your pit toilet like talk. All we need from you is the date when an investigation into your passport sale business will commence. Nothing more and nothing less

  27. January 20, 2017

    Take loan, acquire more debt, work hard and plant? and where is the market?, Skerrit resign, because you dont have a clue as to nation building

  28. Vaffanculo_PM
    January 20, 2017

    Skerrit your time come, Donald Trump coming for u, one day they will just pick u up and we will see u on CNN in chains.

  29. viewsexpressed
    January 20, 2017

    Take advantage of loan, …..!!!!!? What a joke. There are no markets, no external contacts, when you fly with your big crew with nice devious passports do you take our product to sell and promote for markets. No, you don’t, and you have not because you do not have the know how to do so. Your period as PM, you have been a big failure
    We understand the motive, certainly we do. We will leave you in the hands of Hon Linton, Counsellor Gabriel Christian, Hon. Spags John, Hon. Dr, Fontaine, Dr. Francis Severin and all decent fighters of Dominica fighting for Non-Autocratic, no corrupt Prime Ministers, to have accountability and good governance.
    This PM is empty and again playing and preying on the weaknesses of poor people, the desperate families and villagers he and his government rbrought the poverty on Dominica`s famiies and -people.

  30. %
    January 20, 2017

    WHAT A SHOCKER TO ME that PM Skerrit has been on island for about 2days now!Are pilots on strike???PAPA!!! Why is it that some people,able bodied men and women are getting FREE MONEY,while others have to work so hard to make ends meet?.What happens if they cannot repay??WILL CBI money come in??I never knew that this GIVING OF HAND OUT country still had agriculture…This is a badly governed country,where hopelessness by the citizens reign supreme.I LIKE WATCHING CBS 60minutes!!!

  31. FORKIT
    January 20, 2017

    all of a sudden money everywhere. thank you lennox

  32. Extremely
    January 20, 2017

    I would not advise any farmer to take loans right now. With farming on the back burner how are they going to pay back? The only interest right now for the government is the selling of passports. Agriculture is of no use to them so please farmers don’t get trapped or you will end up in the red clinic.

  33. Mahaut
    January 20, 2017

    But the fine prints says that only those we know voted for labor need apply, others will be rejected.

  34. Dan is de man in de Van
    January 20, 2017

    Skerit have you found sustainable markets for these Farmesrs. Where will they sell the produce and to whom, they need this pertinent information to allow them to make such calculated risks. Without Money coming in these farmers won’t be able to pay back the loans once again beautiful words a smoke screen without making the real picture available. How will they pay back the loans , have you considered this… horse before the cart strategy…

  35. That is another display of Skerrit’s ridiculous Carpaud (Crapo) silly mentality. Three percent (3%) interest may sound great, but in order for the repayment of the loan to take place, if one is in Farming, a crop must be produced.

    What type of crops can any farmer guaranty will be ready within six month, to be sold in time to start repaying the loan? Where is the market for the agricultural product they may produce? If we are talking about Bananas, that will not happen. if we are talking about root crops, it is insane for Skerrit to wish in six months anybody will be in a position to repay the loan.

    Mind you he did not say (6 month) to start paying back. And by the way I find it strange that he is displaying ignorance about giving farmers six month grace to pay the loan. However, he has not informed the nation if the money he gave the trio he claimed to build Hotels, is a loan; a grant (free money), and how much grace time he gave them to repay the amount, and at what interest!

    • Idiot!
      January 22, 2017

      :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • So, Facts, you think I doh know it is you!

        Now you change your name to idiot!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        What an idiot you are, only a real idiot would name themselves idiot oui!

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