UPDATED: Dominicans in Florida encouraged to buy Dominican dasheen

Dominican Dasheen

In an effort to continue to promote the development of the agricultural sector of Dominica, the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has continued to source markets for our Dominican farmers across the region and other international markets.  The Multi-Purpose Packhouse is utilized as the main vehicle for purchasing, processing and shipping various agricultural products to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Presently, the main agricultural product being shipped to the US is Dasheen, which meets the highest international standard which is set for fresh produce exports. For the first quarter of 2019 a total of five (5) 20ft containers of Dasheen were shipped to the United States of America (Florida) and the United Kingdom (London), totaling 85,000 lbs. These efforts are expected to continue throughout 2019 into 2020. DEXIA is in the process of developing various marketing strategies which will focus on capturing increase market share in these markets and other international markets. These efforts will continue to provide a steady revenue stream to our famers and other citizens who provide various facilitation services to the supply chain.  Hence, the effort of DEXIA directly benefits the rural economy and the economy of Dominica by extension.

In this regard we are pleased to inform Dominicans who reside in the locations of the various supermarkets which retails fresh produce from Dominica. The name and location of the supermarkets is displayed in the table below. Please make every effort to encourage your friends, family and other individuals to visit these locations in order to make purchases of dasheen which was procured from Dominica. In this effort you will be directly contributing to the economic development of Dominica. Remember a dollar spent on dasheen from Dominica is a dollar which assist in the economic well-being of our farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Links below:

Bravo Supermarket

Price Choice Foodmarkets

Foodtown Markets

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29 Comments

  1. April 5, 2019

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Why don’t they tell us which supermarkets in NY,NJ or Connecticut that we can purchase produce from Dominica. I see dasheen at the fruit stands but they are from Jamaica or Mexico.

  2. Phil
    March 20, 2019

    Where in florida can I get dasheen to buy

  3. Melanie Hogan
    March 20, 2019

    When will you be focusing on the Canadian market

  4. Maybe
    March 19, 2019

    A pound of dasheen is 4 to 5 us

    • Joseph John
      March 19, 2019

      more like 3 us. 80c EC is A JOKE , A STEAL. And you expect the farming community to grow.

  5. Dasheen Farmer
    March 19, 2019

    As a farmer, DEXIA pays me EC$0.80 for a pound of Dasheen. Some times they pay EC$0.90 a pound.

    I wonder how much the Dasheen is sold a pound or kilo in the USA. Can any one in Florida confirm how much they buy a pound of Dasheen at any of the supermarkets listed?

    A Dominican lady who lives in the UK told me she buys a kilo of Dasheen at the market in the UK for about 7 – 8 UK Pounds Sterling. Can any one in the UK confirm if that is true?

    In Dominica we need a strong Farmers Association to negotiate proper prices and conditions for our farmers since I feel some people want us farmers to remain poor.

  6. MJ
    March 18, 2019

    Anyone who know of possible locations in which Dominican Dasheen can be sold in any supermarket near you please send your suggestions to info@dexiaexport.com. Please put into the subject line “Potential Dasheen Markets, attention to Marketing Officer MPPH”

    Thanks

  7. Mannie
    March 18, 2019

    Looking forward to seeing that in New Jersey soon.
    Keep up the good work.

  8. Annon
    March 18, 2019

    We are not poor, we lack strategists. You mean DEXIA just woke up and had a revelation? or the U.S just suddenly let them in? They (gov’t) threw in the towel on agriculture in favor of cruise tourism one-ship-at-a-time. DEXIA, good effort in right direction, but you are a day late and a dollar short. Look how Antigua grand-standed them lately and dissed cruise tourism eight-ships-at-a-time. Lesson to be learned!

  9. Joseph John
    March 18, 2019

    there are several Food Town Super markets in Houston Tx. Several cultures in Houston purchase Dasheen, breadfruit tanians, yams etc . Theses cultures includes Hispanics, Asians, Africans and West Indians. The quality of Dominican dasheen is far superior than others.
    This is just a heads up to our agricultural food exporters. You all are welcome.
    what5 we need are trade missions to the USA with multi – cultural populations. maybe that would make DEXIA sustainable and would not depend on government subsidies after over 40 years in existence.
    Subsidies should be for infant industries and should not be for more than five years. After 40 YEARS DEXIA cannot be considered infant.

    • MJ
      March 18, 2019

      What is the name of these supermarkets? Please give us the name and we will ensure that Dominican dasheen will be sold in these locations in the near future. Thanks . You can send your information to dexia@cwdom.dm.

      • MJ
        March 18, 2019

        Additionally email can be sent to info@dexiaexport.com. Subject “Potential Dasheen Market , attention to Marketing Officer, MPPH”.

      • Joseph John
        March 18, 2019

        Food Town…..Food town….Fiesta …….Fiesta. There are also some Korean stores. Those stores also sell sour sop at $12 a pound. There are also some Caribbean food stores. you need to come and do some market scouting and market penetration . You cannot do that sitting at your desk in Dominica. There is a Dominica Association which Linton just met on his campaign. There is also a Caribbean Chamber of Commerce . There are many Dominicans who sent Money and barrels re Maria. Many Dominicans are prepare to help. But those people are busy and serious people and do not have time to waste. So you must get going and…. ” bar cow ban.”
        An other thing is that you have to be consitant, not seasonal. You have to be able to execute contracts.
        Vietnam , Korea and Dominican Republic selling products to the USA cannot compare with the quality of our products because of our soil type. Organics are a major factor in primary agricultural products. Come and find out and no stupid questions.

      • Neville
        March 19, 2019

        JJ as per usual you have not got an idea what you are talking about. On this occasion you have been found out! Typical Labour supporter!

    • Annon
      March 18, 2019

      MJ, I hope you are not one of those with the know-it-all D’ca attitude that contributes to where we are today. How about the “trade missions to the USA with multi-cultural populations” that J J mentioned? 8)

  10. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    March 18, 2019

    Good news. It would be nice if too see our product in the NY/NJ areas. We have a large contingent of Dominicans who reside in the North Eastern United States.

  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 18, 2019

    “Dasheen were shipped to the United States of America (Florida) ”

    You know they like to say “only in Dominica;” that seems to be the case.

    I read where in reference to Lennox visit to Texas, someone referenced to Texas as the United States of Texas, now there is the same nonsense in the quot above. 

     Only a Dominican could come up with such crap; every American born, and naturalized American knows they live within the continental United States, and identify the States in the union by name only, this United States of Texas is hog wash!

    I took American Government in college here, and never heard or read in a text anything like that. 

    The Continental United States is the area of the United States of America comprising the 48 states that are south of Canada and north of Mexico, known as the “lower 48 states,” and the state of Alaska.

    The united States comprises 50 constituent States, and one district, it is located on the North American continent.

    • Ras B
      March 19, 2019

      Frankly, Francisco, I am having difficulty understanding your disposition. Most of us are unhappy with folly when it is ushered forth from Dominica but in our own way we try to understand the limitations of our home land. Those who, like you, were lucky to escape from the unpleasantness of life at home could help in our small way by becoming voices of reason not diarrheal voices of criticism, sometime just for the sake of criticizing as though you are trying to say, see me, I am better than all of you. You seem to criticize everything emanating from Dominica. The obvious question is why? Of course we know that that position can be self gratifying but is that really why you behave in that manner?

      Francisco, as a fellow Wesley born and grown, brethren, I am uncomfortable with your comments and I humbly request that you tone down. Your rhetoric seems contradictory to the expected intelligent discourse which Wesley and Marigot have produced.

      • Pablov
        March 19, 2019

        Well as far as we gather here he has boasted owning a few appartments with a laundry downstairs. Judging from his tone and inferiority complex he seems to be satisfied rubbing shoulders with other slum lords and thumbing his nose at other Dominicans. At his age 79-81 years you’d think a man should be wiser by then.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 19, 2019

        You see Ras B, one can take a pig, a swine out of the mud, clean the mud of the body of that pig, and put it into a palace that pig will forever be a pig!

        Now view that as a simply hypothesis, designed to humor you okay!

        Ras B, and I wish I could recognized you, I been trying for years with difficulties; without a biological name.

        Call: 323-730-8530.

         With that said it might not be even probable for me to tone it down; to tone it down would mean I am not me, and would be writing things that I believe people want to hear.

        I cannot be like that; I write the truth as it flows, I know the truth hurts, nevertheless, I cannot indulge in hypocrisy.

        You are intelligent enough to know one cannot refer to Texas as the United States of Texas, whereas Texas is within the continental United Stats, nor can one say the in the United States of Florida.

    • March 19, 2019

      You must be one unhappy person. Sad

    • Zandoli
      March 19, 2019

      You guys are promoting Dominican produce. Have you checked the levels of chemicals in the food? Listen to today’s news on Marpin and you will hear the guy from the new hotel at the Cabrits say they will not accept the local produce because it is laden with chemicals.

      • Pablov
        March 22, 2019

        Are you kidding me or is this the usual fake news that we have grown used to on blogs?

  12. blanc
    March 18, 2019

    where is NJ/NY market

  13. Ras B
    March 18, 2019

    What of the Uk locations?

  14. carlty
    March 18, 2019

    Yes, Yes. I agree. This is a practice that I encourage. This is one of the ways that diasporans can contribute to Dominica. Plus, we all know our Dasheen is the best :lol: :lol: . See how cry it looks. :wink:. Make notes and play your part folks.

  15. Mark
    March 18, 2019

    That’s Great news. I always shop at Bravo for my produce and always think it would be great to get produce from my Island here. thank you . I am going to look for my Dasheen today . I don’t like the Dasheen they sell from South America. THANK YOU DEXIA. I think you guys should also Contact Super Choice.

  16. Shaka Zulu
    March 18, 2019

    Dasheen make excellent chips. Just saying. They also taste like heaven when fried. Its about time we start processing those. They last longer when peeled packaged and frozen. Lord knows how i miss a nice blue dasheen in a broth with zorfi or doward and a piece of smoke gel couchon.

  17. Kathy Benjamin
    March 18, 2019

    Please, could you export some to London as Dominicans in London are paying a fortune to support other countries produce when we would prefer to support our DA farmers.

    Last week , I paid £15 for a breadfruit and an extortionate amount for my ground provision from all countries apart from DA. Most Dominicans refuse to buy the ground provisions because they reckon it is too expensive, but when they come to my home they devour my ground provisions as if it their last supper!

    Could the government open a “DA grown product”shop in London?

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