Dominican farmers receive equipment to help them meet good agriculture practices

One of the recipient farmers receives his donation

The Dominica Bureau of Standards (DBOS) in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) donated protective and storage farming equipment to nine (9) selected farmers to aid in meeting Dominica Good Agriculture Practices (DOM-GAP) requirements.

DOM-GAP is a national program which seeks to ensure Dominica maintains competitiveness for its fresh produce and is a voluntary farm certification program which targets all commercial farmers involved in primary production for the local and export markets.

DBOS director Median Larocque

The new director of the DBOS, Median LaRocque, said at the handing-over ceremony on Thursday that this program caters for the certification of agriculture products, farm workers and systems in keeping with internationally recognized fresh produce standards such as Global-Gap.

“The ultimate goal is to enable Dominica’s fresh produce to become internationally competitive through the adoption of innovative farm practices that incorporate concepts of globally accepted good agriculture practices within the framework of commercial agriculture production for long term improvement and sustainability,” Pacquette stated.

He said DOM-GAP is geared at testing systems that have been developed in support of the national farm certification scheme and will be targeting commodities such as plantains, dasheen, hot pepper and ginger.

LaRocque encouraged more farmers to become part of this programme as, according to him, this will benefit all Dominican stakeholders and growth sectors such as tourism and manufacturing.

DOM-GAP was established in DBOS on April 2017 for the implementation of the fresh produce quality control act and since then, activities have been expanded.

One of the recipients, Connie Telemaque, expressed her gratitude to DBOS for selecting her to receive this donation.

“These gears and equipment will surely go a long way in assisting us to do our farming activities in a manner that is more safe to ourselves and farm workers,” Telemacque said. “Due to the passage of Hurricane Maria, our gears were destroyed and so this will ease our strain in obtaining them. These will definitely put us in a safe position to be certified growers.”

The farm equipment, implements and gear which were donated included gloves, waterproof hats, goggles, respirators, rubber boots and farm management record keeping books.

Donation recipient, Connie Telemacque

 

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5 Comments

  1. Augustin Paul
    January 30, 2020

    please check with the nation of Israel for good information on improved farming

  2. What plant?
    January 14, 2020

    Labor farmers not planting since that RED clean it.

  3. Ibo France
    January 13, 2020

    The grants that were given to farmers post Maria there is nothing to show. How do one expect donor agencies and friendly governments to give assistance again? Agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, are practically are in the ICU on their last breath. The government is a colossal failure. Corruption and incompetence is the albatross around its neck.

  4. viewsexpressed
    January 11, 2020

    What is “Good Agricultural Practices?” Also where is the good political practices under this failed, corrupted Labour government, incompetent immature Prime Minister that we endured for over19 years?
    LaRocque, this statement has not, is not and will not get us anywhere. You all are under the leadership of an immature clown and a failed leadership from this so called PM., who has failed to focus on agriculture opportunities but on passports. So, who the hell is Skerrit and how is he associated with the ministry of agriculture or is he busy with these so called weird passport agends all over the world. Skerrit, you and your failed, loose Labour government must get the hell out of our Dominica. You all have killed our agriculture and reduced our farmers to poverty, suffering and with no income while the sales of our passports we are concerned about as to who really in this corrupt Labour government continue to benefit from it? Disgusting shamed Skerrit & Labour government must get out…

  5. Tom
    January 10, 2020

    We should become more mechanised…….buy these farmers a couple of tractors.

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