Coffee plant to be completed by July – PM

PM Skerrit shares a word with young people in the north on Thursday. Photo from Facebook
PM Skerrit shares a word with young people in the north on Thursday. Photo from Facebook

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has given the assurance that a coffee plant being constructed in Dominica will be completed by the end of July.

He told the inauguration of the Tan Tan/Toucarie/Savanne Paille/Cottage Village Council on Thursday evening the plant will contribute significantly to the economy of Dominica.

He said a delegation, led by the head of the coffee program in Venezuela, is presently in Dominica “engaging the ministry of agriculture.”

“That coffee plant will come to a completion a the end of July 2014 and I give you the assurances that that coffee plant will grind and package coffee and export it to other countries all over the Caribbean and Latin America,” he stated.

Skerrit also said the plant will create employment for the people of Dominica.

“You go to France and these places, there are no cocoa trees but they make cocoa and chocolate and send it back to us as processed product,” he noted.

The prime said the ministry of agriculture has distributed in excess of 6,000 coffee seedlings to farmers “to plant additional coffee to supply this important coffee plant.”

In 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Dominica and Venezuela for the construction of the plant.

Actual work on the plant, which is located in One Mile in Portsmouth, began in July, 2013 when a Venezuelan Air Force plane, with 22 engineers, landed at the Melville Hall Airport bearing all the necessary equipment and materials needed for what was said would be a 10-month project.

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139 Comments

  1. SLU-758
    March 5, 2014

    Wow, so this means i will be able to travel to Dominica and drink fresh coffee every morning with a beautiful Dominican woman?
    Wow.

    In deh, In Deh.

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2014

      sot!

  2. observer no 2
    March 3, 2014

    a new word mr skerritt (sustainable) industries that the way forward the U W P understand this reality very well will you please clear the way so that the common man can eat bread again

  3. RastarMarn
    March 3, 2014

    When d Jumpup Finish somebody need to ask mista why doesn’t he take back those Tarish-pits from dem French Pardners and use the same concept he thought about for Coffee (minus the importations of coffee) and produce washed Sand for the region or a massive Concrete Masonry Unit facility producing CMUs for the regoin,,,

    It doesn’t take much to have Dominica Smiling Economically for eons to come nuh, Dominica have natural resources and everything we need to make us Self sustainable,,,

    With little foresight Dominica can Go a long way ahead of the game economically, but is little bois dat running Dominica’s Finances and all little bois care about is Big House and fancy Cars,,,

    • UDOHREADYET
      March 12, 2014

      since you have so much knowledge you should do it. The only reason foreigners are doing it is because they have the knowledge & experience

  4. RastarMarn
    March 3, 2014

    “You go to France and these places, there are no cocoa trees but they make cocoa and chocolate and send it back to us as processed product,” he noted.

    Seriously???

    This is the coming from the Pardner that is the Chief financial officer of a country???

    Garçon France may not be able to grow Cocoa and Coffee but all over its Colonies, The French Republic they growing all kinna Cocoa and Coffee at the behest of dem Albinos dat manipulating the French Scheme/Regime,,,

    If you didn’t know what these Multinationals do: They perpetuate the Slavery concept by manipulating the So-Called third world countries in Producing raw materials for their selfish financial Gains and never giving the Slaves the Power to totally finish the raw materials they produce,,,

    Garçon if you don’t know juss ask Marn nuh,,,

  5. March 2, 2014

    Thank u god for opportunities else where.If i were in Dominica i know there would be no hope for me.I do pray for my Dominican people so that jobs could be created.Because i know how hard it is not to have a job to put food on the table.Lord help us all.

  6. Nun
    March 1, 2014

    Is that the Head Ton Ton Macoute talking to the young Macoute recruits in the red shirts?

  7. Medicaments
    March 1, 2014

    My dear people let’s not be like this. Know what is going on before we forward these negative comments. The boys shirts have nothing to do with party. The are part of a skills training program which is sponsored by Venezuela through their parliamentary representative. It is a good program for them. They are taught a skill , paid to do so and upon graduation given tools to start. The uniform is red because of the Venezualan connection. Nothing to do with the prime minister. I know all these boys personally. They all do not support the government. Since the pm was present at the inuaguation he used the opportunity to meet them.

    • JoJo
      March 2, 2014

      These young people may be innocent but thoae making them wear the shirts and use the picture for propaganda are not. Everybody know that this is the colour and the way supporters of the Govt. party in Venezuela dress and our Govt. connected to that every way. Those shirts looking so fresh and new for a photoshoot. Is only these poor boys being used and naive.

      • Medicament
        March 2, 2014

        I am not surprise that some of you did not learn at school. Petro Caribe’s colour is red and they are sponsoring the program. I do not support the government, but I am not going to follow you all and behave as an idiot. UWP don’t need people like you. You are behaving just like people on the animal show. You hate the truth. Best you go red.

      • Concerned!!!
        March 4, 2014

        I agree completely Jojo!!! The people are being slowly but surely brainwashed into the ideology of Skeritt and Maduro!! Why do they all have to wear red tshirts? Why s it not a neutral colour?? This attitude is just so sad and even worse when people come with simplified and silly excuses to justify it!! We had better wake up and smell the coffee before we start choking on it………..

  8. Pose Passe
    March 1, 2014

    @YOUDOREADYEY: If you were to build a house, would you build the roof before the foundation?
    This government cannot seem to understand how to plan and execute. It is a kind of Viki-Vie thing.
    How can build a coffee plant and there is’nt NO coffee farmer in Dominica. Who is it that will supply this plant with coffee? Similarly they are constructing an Arbartoi in layou but they have not research to see how many life stock farmers on island. That is simply” PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE.”
    To much politics……. If and only if government had planned this thing they would have concentrated on supplying farmers with land and planting material so that 5 years now the plants would have been bearing. Those guys are just so sick in their decisions but sad enough we all have to pay for those bad investments.

    • Alleyne
      March 3, 2014

      it looks like you don’t know or you just trying to full people. Government have made land available both for planting and to do life stock. go do your home work

    • UDOHREADYET
      March 5, 2014

      @pose passe. If you build it… they will come. I understand your perspective on the matter, you must remember Dominica had vehicles before we had roads, we had internal self rule legislatively before we had independence, we had stills to process bay oil before bayleaf was a crop, we started making Cocoa tea with caco now people want to make chocolate…. If you build it… dey must come.

  9. Coco Town
    March 1, 2014

    What a rediculous attempt to fool people by having these kids dressed up in red. This is so fake it is sickening. When you are at the point where you are staging photos that sys a lot.

  10. Sherwin
    March 1, 2014

    hello pple did u guys know that it takes 5 years before u can harvest coffea from a coffee tree think about it so whats gonna happen when the plant is done we have to import the coffee seeds to be processed cause i dont think the plants that was given by the Governement to local farmers are any where near ready for harvest

  11. J. F...
    March 1, 2014

    Can anyone tell me how long it takes for this tree to grow and produce coffee beans. And how big it grows.??

  12. je
    March 1, 2014

    Dear people, coffee plants take app. 5 years to grow and produce fruit. ……or so I think. What i want to ask is who is going to maintain that coffee factory. Are we producing sufficient? A juice factory would have been more beneficial to us. Anyways Venezuela grows coffee. Everything is not partisan politics. But everything is political. We speaking of sustainable economic development. Our pm should be taught to understand the meaning of sustainable. I am trying to make a change by speaking to people who i think would understand ny trend of thought. But is like all people brains are red. I love da, I love vieille case. But please we need to look and think and analyse. Our pm is not strategic in his plans for dominica’s sustainable development. We need to think of projects that are long lived and will always be creating jobs. Why do we support pms plan for another hoel in Portsmouth when we are finishing one? We do not need another major hotel in Portsmouth. Why not look at enhancing the hospital in Roseau or get some other international school in tge East of the Island…….y a coffee plant and not a fruit processing plant? Y plan to build a basketball court in d middle of the PenVielle field, and not back field the court and do something well? There are so many things. We are a rich country we need to create for our selves. No one listens. Everything is not Skerrit. We are more than just red and a ham or turkey at Christmas.

  13. Anonymous
    March 1, 2014

    Why is it that every time Team Dominica has a successful event Skerrit comes out with either reminding people about a coffee plant or a hotel?

  14. Anonymous
    March 1, 2014

    I just noticed they all wearing the same size, the P.M. size “extra large” but he is not wearing one himself. You slipped up there P.M. That T-shirt is good enough for the peasants but not good enough for you?

    • Simply the Truth
      March 3, 2014

      Negative mind as always. There are too many of them on DNO. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  15. youngster
    March 1, 2014

    Lol I geting handouts from skerite but I can never vote labour lol team dominica all the way hahhahahah.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 3, 2014

      You have a mind of your own to do what you feel like doing. Who cares? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  16. CIA on the watch
    March 1, 2014

    Is that a visit to the ideal hall Estate in the north which comprises of the red bridgade

  17. Simply the Truth
    March 1, 2014

    Dominica is in need of jobs which will also assist the economy. In time the coffee plant will create jobs. This is what D/cans should be concerned about for the good of Dominica and nationals; not your criticism which is “An ill wind that blows nobody any good.”

  18. Cocoatea
    February 28, 2014

    So if I was in blue Skerrit would not talk to me? This is pure propaganda politics and a photo op for Mr. Skerrit. Pure show and tell.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 3, 2014

      So ignorant! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  19. Citronella
    February 28, 2014

    My comment…why is the PM not in red too?

  20. faceup
    February 28, 2014

    Wow are there BLOODS IN DOMINICA?? what the hell is that? Some ceremony or something? that’s some OMG !

    • Simply the Truth
      March 3, 2014

      More pure and powerful than yours. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  21. Jay
    February 28, 2014

    According to the Govt’s own information service GIS (20 August, 2013). The plant requires 2,000 tonnes of coffee (beans) annually but at best estimate our farmers produce only 1% (20 tonnes) of this at present. The report also says that up to 10,000 seedling were available. What happened to the 4,000 that are missing from the figure quoted today?
    This is a very ambitious project with a long time (5 years) before we see any payback and given the current world commodity market for this crop, profitability is not at all certain.

    • Jahknow
      March 5, 2014

      Just to add to this, right now in Central America the coffee rust fungus is ravaging plantations reducing yields by up to 10% and producing a mucn inferior bean. Take note of what is happening with the banana inductry and black sigatoka.
      If you consider coffee is planted at an avergae density of around 700 plants per acre then even if all of those 10000 seedling were planted and producing in five years that is still only 14 acres under production. I am not sure what yields are like in D/ca for coffee as it varies with growing conditions and cultivars but lets assume the absolute best case scenario of 2 tonnes per acre(very generous) we still are no where near reaching the facility’s required input. So it begs the question where is the other coffee coming from to make this endeavour profitable?

  22. ???????????
    February 28, 2014

    Who are these fools in red? Is this coffee plant FOR THE LABOUR PARTY SUPPORTERS OR FOR DOMINICA?
    CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

    • Simply the Truth
      March 3, 2014

      You and your family! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  23. Tdot
    February 28, 2014

    Yeah anything now ……ELECTION COMING SOON!!

  24. Just thinking
    February 28, 2014

    Maybe those red t-shirts came from Venezuela in the containers of equipment for the coffee plant..He must show appreciation to Monduro…

  25. Listening!!!
    February 28, 2014

    Skerrit next time buy the youths different types of red shirts not to make it look so obvious you are prostituting them.

    SMH! SMDH!

  26. Too Late
    February 28, 2014

    Alas see these young men dress up in red. That’s how skeritt wants to have people. Dress in red and I will give you red clinic, toilets and some plywood.I wonder how many toilets Fast N Furious get already for all his support.

  27. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    But of course they have to dress in red……papa noel was coming so they dress for the occasion

  28. John
    February 28, 2014

    PM Eugenis Charles said years and years ago that Dominica should switch from banana to coffee when the market fell out of the banana industry, why all of a sudden the interest, could it be because of the up-coming election? Coffee cultivation should have started 40 years ago. Dominica has some of the best coffee in the world a lot of households grew their own coffee back in the 1960’s and 70’s

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2014

      This is not all of a sudden. Imagine the plant is almost complete so how can this be all of a sudden. It did take some time to plan and build didn’t it?

  29. Morihei Ueshiba
    February 28, 2014

    Red Devils :lol: :lol: :lol:

  30. Yawning
    February 28, 2014

    Its very disheartening to see these young men dressed up in Red T-Shirt being used by these politicians just to get some points. Perhaps the PM is saying to them, well you guys should begin to plant cofee, and cocoa and who knowns bananas. Most probably a boat might come from Guadeloupe or from some far distant isle….Imagine, so long this coffee plant coming, and how Deceased Chavez had promised to fund the project immediately upon his return to Venuezuala… So these Politicians should stop fooling the young folks especially when these young men might be in desperate need of basic amenities as is the case of majority of Dominican…. It seems like Mr Austrie has formed a youth group, from Boys to Men….
    Secondly, instead of talk on coffee plant, the PM should tell Dominicans about the status of Petro – Caribe due to the tensions and blatant poverty in Venezuela.. What are the arrangements regarding the Petro Caraibe Deal? Is the oil given on a soft loan basis…? what was the agreement interms of use to profits realised throught Petro Cariabe…?
    If Venezuela was to stop this deal, what plans does the government have in place to deal with the High oil prices around the world? Already small economies like Dominica are even more as risk, what would happen to Dominica if such thing would happen…… Instead of Mr Cecil Joseph going around and blaming the USA for the present state of affairs in venuezuala, the government would do well to tell the public something concrete about Petro- cariabe, if the current president- although he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, what immediate measures or alternatives to they have in place………
    Venezuala cant even supply folks with toilet paper , and life is extremely hard in venezuala at the moment, it is always just and right for the president to look at his own first, but God forbide what would Dominica and other small island states do in the eventuality of a no more Petro Cariabe?
    Coffee plant? When Venezuelans are suffering, PM is talking about memorandum of Understanding. The president of Venezuala is now trying to sort himself and the people out, does one think he can go on a microphone and shout: Coffeee and Cocoa plant for Dominica…. Not not now very sooooooon…..So PM will and come again!

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      Keep yawning critic. Do not stop. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted:

  31. The Original Met Yo
    February 28, 2014

    see them mahjee dress up in red shirt to impress skerrit. hahahahaha boy look some mahjee in that country Dominica

    • lol
      February 28, 2014

      dominicans eh boy lol they have to give skerrit back the shirt after the picture was taken

    • real possie
      February 28, 2014

      @ Met Yo if they were dressed in blue u would say the young people telling him who they backing u wld scream workkkkkkkkkerssssssss but u see where the young people are now mahjee but those same mahjee will be good for u all on election day keep pissing them off still.

  32. Christian Volney
    February 28, 2014

    And we wonder why our Country will not progress and remains stuck in this Slavish Mentality!

    Wake up people and learn to put our Country first, not your Party!

    Nous Domniche sit oui!!

  33. Bogoroy
    February 28, 2014

    I understand why many of the comments below spew negativity on the article above because these comments come from a few bloggers whose sole purpose is the downfall of Roosevelt Skerrit. So, even if he were to convert D/ca into the most developed state in the world, these folks would still be screaming negativity. This coffee project makes the object of their hate look even better.

    Honourable PM, well done. Remain focused. This coffee initiative is a victory for all those who wish to work in the industry. It is a victory for Dominica. Truly, all shall eat!

    • March 1, 2014

      Bogoroy, be quiet. All citizens have a right of free expression .
      Since it appears that you are one of
      “Skerrit political stooges ” can you ask
      him, where is the coffee for the plant.
      What a joke!
      He is trying to start all type of haphazard
      projects to fool people like you.
      Not this time brother- change will come.

      • Simply the Truth
        March 3, 2014

        Some project their ignorance and lack of appreciation. As you, they are not intelligent. Always spewing hatred on this Website.
        People are also known by their writing. If some people have nothing good to state, they should refrain from it.

  34. Trevor Fabien
    February 28, 2014

    I would like people to check this out and see if this resonates or apply to them in the Dominican economy.
    Before you say it doesn’t, it does because it is economics.

    See if you can relate to this intelligent man and what’s happening in Dominica.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-rpkZe2OEo

  35. We beefing
    February 28, 2014

    A gang of bloodz that there man? 8)

  36. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    Who cares what colour shirt they wear? Those young people looking for experience, knowledge, opportunity and job/work. that does not mean they have to vote LABOUR! but for sure they have to eat..
    Even if I am for the alliance party I would put on a red shirt..my plate of food and my dollar is of more importance..

    We as a nation should try to take our mouths out of prison…the one we created without thinking of the long run..

    • .
      February 28, 2014

      It was a victory for them when they saw Skerrit in a dno article dressed in a blue shirt.

  37. FAST N FURIOUS
    February 28, 2014

    Yes action not just TALK TALK TALK!While some just talking and building castles in the skies the PM is working.While he working some criticizing,not contributing and can’t do better.

  38. just eyes
    February 28, 2014

    You go to places like France there are no cocoa trees…. Yes Mr PM Good point In your 14 years in Government did you look at the possibility of opening some sort of chocolate factory on the Island? Or selling the raw material to France.Dominicans we need to vote this people out they do not have a clue what they are doing or saying.

  39. February 28, 2014

    president chavaz visited dominica many many years ago . on his first visit he offered a coffe factory .as soon as he return to venezuela he immediately shipped the machines and equipments for the instullation of the coffe factory here in dominica.sadly to state that the machines and equipments remained lying uncleared by the government on the port for over two years . they only clear it from the port to avoid embarasment because of the fact the some high level venezuelians officialls were due to arrive here .the labour party government is not passionate. excited or interested in no coffe plant or factory.what assistance have they given to farmers to plant or cultivate the coffee trees the labour party administration is ineffective they virtually cannot impliment any thing unless it takes them six years or more

    • forkit
      February 28, 2014

      true dat

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      They got the machinery. Did they have the funds to proceed with building the factory and to pay workers. There would also be additional cost to build and to complete the factory. Put on your thinking cap if you have one.

  40. UDOHREADYET
    February 28, 2014

    the man is building a Coffee Plant and creating jobs and expertise in a area Dominicans should be experts at. Yet the ignorant people are hating and politicizing development. the article never said anything about Labor or politics but yet dey running their mouth about labor. just be happy the young people are getting creating an industry in their village.

    • forkit
      February 28, 2014

      according to Portsmouth people. MY GRANDMODA WAS LABAR, MY MODA IS LABAR SO I LABAR lol these people are crazy. on another note .
      did these young men asked the PM where and how many farmers are coffee farmers that can sustain that complex…
      these young people are so gullible, they are been taken advantage of.

      • anony
        February 28, 2014

        @forkit, I guess your best option is do nothing but just bla! bla! bla!

      • UDOHREADYET
        March 5, 2014

        If you build it… they will come. I understand your perspective on the matter, you must remember Dominica had vehicles before we had roads, we had internal self rule legislatively before we had independence, we had stills to process bay oil before bayleaf was a crop, we started making Cocoa tea with caco now people want to make chocolate…. If you build it… dey must come.

    • There you have it.
      February 28, 2014

      Lots of coffee for the kids, eh? :roll: :roll: :roll:

    • table turn for me!!
      February 28, 2014

      putting the “CAT BEFORE THE HORSE.” how many farmers beside Mr. Lewis owns coffee? After the plant is constructed who is going to supply the plant with the raw coffee? The first thing the Government should do was to plant trees and then build the coffee plant. Politics,Politics!!!

      • wonderwoman
        March 1, 2014

        the word is ‘cart’ not cat as in chate.

      • Anonymous
        March 1, 2014

        Hm, Hm. Pardon me! Did you mean cart or do you really wish to put a cat in front of a horse?

      • Simply the Truth
        March 3, 2014

        What a foolish question. You will help them to supply the plants. :twisted: :mrgreen:
        So you are giving the government advice? Do you not think you are out of place? You know what his plans are and what he has been doing about it?

      • UDOHREADYET
        March 5, 2014

        its nice to imagine things not working in your head then start talking to other people about how the good things other people are doing will not work. the part you’re missing is the reason you think that way is because its not your idea… if you had the imagination to think of the solution or the idea then you would naturally understand the concept… by the time the plant is built the coffee plant will be grown and mature enough to be harvested. its not McDonalds they building its an industry, it takes years. SOT!

  41. Marigotian
    February 28, 2014

    look like some fools straight up or “bloods gang members”. I applaud the project but come on this red out look so silly! Mister really think he is lil Chavez wii. development not dictatorship please. mix it up, put some blue in deh!!

    • UDOHREADYET
      March 5, 2014

      the earth in Marigot is the REDDEST earth in Dominica! look on the ground and tell what you see!

  42. the owl
    February 28, 2014

    Politicians always take the opportunity when there is a specific occassion, to disclose somthing from their political heart,
    coffe plant or coffe planting? one need to have the resources before the processing,

    • I read
      March 1, 2014

      Venezuela has the product. Coffee will be imported to be processed. Case close!!!

    • UDOHREADYET
      March 5, 2014

      the coffee processing plant will take time to complete. By the time the plant, industry and markets are created the coffee plants will be ready for harvesting. I’m sure if the idea for the plant and industry was yours you would have realized the concept, but it only takes a bit of positive thinking and some imagination to see a positive outcome.

  43. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    just a little meeting before we start our pan music :-D its carnival and that’s the band color

    • Bogoroy
      February 28, 2014

      :mrgreen:

  44. .....
    February 28, 2014

    That red t-shit thing is so sick..

    • Bogoroy
      February 28, 2014

      Hey, you know that in dominican lingo “sick” means awesome, right?

    • Anonymous
      March 3, 2014

      I know. The thought of the coming labour party victory makes you sick.

  45. Morihei Ueshiba
    February 28, 2014

    Skerrit your portfolio is national security, report on the Tommy Lee issue and finance, report on the sale of our passport to the Olympians, walters is Agriculture. 8)

    • Razor
      February 28, 2014

      Ignorance is bliss!! You are always sooooo mis-informed.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      Stick to the issue. Wait when these issues are posted and you could comment on them. You are way off course. Your comment is out of place. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • JoJo
      March 1, 2014

      How about a report from our Minister for sports, Justina Charles, about our athletes skiing in the Olympics? You all like to boast so much!

  46. Zicack.
    February 28, 2014

    I can not believe that de PM will stoop so low to let the young men wear DLP color to meet with him. Boss Man free up de youts.. You done let de country go west alreadi. I know who I am voting and that person is not you.

    • .
      February 28, 2014

      Do you know that as a fact?

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      You are another one who does not utilize your common sense. You assumed that he informed them to wear red. Did he? Can you truthfully answer that?
      They are DLP supporters and so decided to wear red, to show the PM that they support him. I see nothing wrong with that.

  47. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    Skerrit’s favorite line “I give you the assurances.”

    But that’s all he gives “assurances” which are basically promises. No more, no jobs, no action, no development.

    We deserve more than just assurances Mr. PM, and it’s obvious that you are unable to give anything more so please call the election so a more capable team will give us what we need; jobs, development and prosperity.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      Everyone has a favorite line or more. Do you not? If not something is wrong with you. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  48. Portsmouth
    February 28, 2014

    King Skerro does not need any help from his ministers.
    He is doing a solo plea.
    But how can we give DLP 20 yer to ruin Da further?
    It is time for change. UWP has the answer to Dominica.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      You non-supporters and critics are extremely negative. Name a few instances, even one that he has ruined the country.
      Dominica is in a better shape than it ever was in bygone years prior to this present DLP. Open your eyes or purchase eye glasses if you are blind. You critics just like to see your nonsensical comment posted. This is as far as it goes. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  49. Dominican Musician
    February 28, 2014

    Thats wat allu want young DA men to do for their living? Planting coffee?. They need to be Architects, Engineers, Business Men, Planners. Dominicans doe tired work as laborers then. We need more young educated men.

    • Straight up
      February 28, 2014

      Where you think we getting de young educated men? From another planet?! These young men have to take their education and their lives seriously!!! They have to make up their minds to take their education seriously!!! When they drop out of school and prefer to do drugs cause they want fast money what u expect? Of course is coffee they have to go and plant. Cause is tht they r qualified to do!!

    • Engineer
      February 28, 2014

      Architects, Engineers, Business men, Planners, doctors all need to be feed. If we don’t plant then we’ll just end up importing. Imports exceeding exports only leads to poverty. Every great society has a thriving agriculture manufacturing sector.

    • Bogoroy
      February 28, 2014

      Tell that to your minister of finance designate, Thomson Fontaine, Dominican Musician. According to him, out of the 7000 jobs that they have promised you in three years, 3000 will comne from “young people working on the farm.” Lol! Then again, probably you are so busy soaking up all the foolishness they sling at you that you never heard when he said so.

      What a bunch of ninnies!!!! You all belong together.

      • Pose Passe
        March 1, 2014

        @ BOGOROY: I just do not understand nor comprehend your level of ignorance. What does Thompson have to do with that? You are so red, lets talk.
        (1)What do you have to say about the Bin Bobol?
        (2) what is your take on the $400,000 dollar house your P.M said he was building and only to find out that it is over $2M.
        (3)What is your take on the villas? Did you listen to those questions posed to Alexis and how answered those questions.Example he does not even now what bank he got the money from?
        (4) What is your take on the minister who owns three homes? Do you know just one is a man or Woman life time achievement?
        (5)What is your take on the fertilizer bobol?
        (6) What is your take on the west coast road we boost so much about and is already under heavy road maintenance? Was that good negotiation?
        (7) what is your take on the people from China who have already taken over Roseau? Is that good negotiation by your P.M?
        (8) Where during your time on this earth have you heard more corruption than this government?
        (9) In UWP and Freedom time have you ever seen more expensive SUV driven by the past administrations than this present one?
        (10) Reggie promised MATT that the 18 letters demanding government to pay was a fake but up to now reggie cannot “clear the air” what is your take on that?
        (11) What is your take on the fact that all our major projects are constructed by chinesse and not locals. Don’t we have qualified builders like Stewco,ACE Engineering,etc,. Don’t we have qualified Engineers, Architects who went to even better schools than the chinesse? But if the Chineese are so good how then are our biggest and brightest people are not from a university from China?
        LETS TALK!!!!!

    • Straight Shooter
      February 28, 2014

      … and what will the Architects, Engineers, Business Men, Planners eat?

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      Your little mind is really narrow-minded. There is nothing wrong with planting coffee or vegetables and fruits.
      The money of those farmers were used to educate their children, some of whom possess degrees and are now residing overseas.
      Everyone was not meant to work in offices and for other people. If some of those children who are presently white color workers had turned to agriculture in their fathers’ footsteps, Dominica would have ample produce to export to other countries which would benefit the economy.

    • Malgraysa
      March 1, 2014

      There is nothing wrong or demeaning in planting coffee, provided it is planned properly and run as a business. To import raw coffee from Nicaragua to process here, which the Govt. plans to do, is lunacy, especially so if it is going to be run as a Govt. enterprise. All we would be doing is to throw good money after bad by having to subsidize our export prices in order to find a customer.

    • Eidolon
      March 2, 2014

      I am absolutely fed up with people banging on about becoming doctors, engineers etc. What is wrong with being a farmer and not going to university? Does that make you a second class citizen? We have now more lawyers in the country than ever before. And what is the purpose of that? We have a lot of PhDs in the country who are just plain stupid and do not contribute anything.. We do not have proper builders, electricians etc. We need farmers but we do not need people who think that farming is demeaning.

  50. Norm
    February 28, 2014

    ‘He said a delegation, led by the head of the coffee program in Venezuela, is presently in Dominica “engaging the ministry of agriculture.

    true Skerrit? Caracas is on fore and Maduro is introuble. Please take a picture for us to see whn thay arrive. Seeing is believing.

    • JoJo
      March 1, 2014

      Is not coffee Maduro wants, they growing that already in Venezuela. It is U.S.$$$$ Maduro needs he not waiting for us to pay our fuel bills in coffee beans. Maybe the plant in Portsmouth could print U.S.$$$$ instead? I would not mind a seedling of that.

  51. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    Is this a labour party program or a government of Dominica program. I guess only people in red can benefit in programs. IF someone turns from red to blue in the future I guess you will no longer eligible for government programs. But both red and blue paying taxes!

  52. Hmm
    February 28, 2014

    All have the exact same shirt.. ehbeh weh

    • JoJo
      February 28, 2014

      Maduro clones all of them. Bet they all get that shirt free ….no, I not jealous!

    • Canefield
      February 28, 2014

      It just goes to show what UWP has been saying all along. That if you do not support DLP , then there is no position for you in the work force.
      Change is around the corner to unify all Dominicans.

      • Simply the Truth
        March 1, 2014

        This is propaganda. The UWP leader acts as if he is the savior of Dominica. Wishful thinking. What would the opposition not say to convince those as you who do not have a mind of their own but to believe everything they hear without giving it a thought?

  53. Lougaoo Mem
    February 28, 2014

    I’m just curious. Is that the uniform for the young people of the Tan-Tan, Toucarie, Savanne Paille and Cottage village council? Or just another photo to highlight the labor colors?

    I applaud any development that brings employment for our young people, but I hate the idea that Roosevelt Skerrit uses the occasion to trump up his true colors. Grand Bayrians take note. What has Skerrit given to you that brings employment to your village?

    • Seriously?
      February 28, 2014

      LMAO I was thinking the same thing at first. They all look brand spanking new and freshly ironed! LMAO. hahahha

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 28, 2014

      does Grandbay have a high school, does Grandbay have a hospital? do you even know what you;re talking about sot!

      • da
        February 28, 2014

        you that is d moomoo, sot, blind bat, you will beg and depend on hands out for the rest of your life.

      • JoJo
        February 28, 2014

        Grandbay high school built by Stewco under UWP. Grandbay also have a minister of sport but is not a single word we hearing from that minister about the Olympics and our skiers. Is she embarrassed or wasn’t she even told we had skiers to go to Russia and she was not invited??

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      What if it were the UWP? What would you say?

  54. JoJo
    February 28, 2014

    But we don’t grow enough coffee to even supply Bello. You telling me we are going to import beans from another AlBA country to process in Dominica and sell it as Cafe Dominique so we can pay Venezuela for their oil? I trust not because that would not be DOMINICA coffee at all. Is the same thing as sending fake athletes to the Olympics. Is govt. going to ban import of coffee from other countries to protect this plant (such as instant Nescafe) and are they going to have price control? I in favour of real good things for Dominica but this is socialist economics gone mad. Good luck, I will buy my beans from Mr. Louis and drink REAL Dominican coffee or is govt. going to stop that also?

    • real possie
      February 28, 2014

      But JOJO rite where u be there in Gauda they importing coffee to people planting it now it take time to grow is not microwave food that so import for now while yours grow but at least u have the plant to process when your beans come in,we can think outside the box once in a while too.

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 28, 2014

      ignorance really blinds people… did you read the article… did you miss the part where the government is distributing 6000 coffee seedlings to farmers? Or was it your intention to put a negative spin on something positive… ii think it’s the later.

      • JoJo
        February 28, 2014

        I know from experience that a coffee tree takes at leas three years to produce its first little crop and it does not produce fully before it at least six years old. What are the farmers living of in the mean time? And anyway, 6,000 seedlings is a drop in the ocean. I do now a bit about coffee and I know there is a surplus on the world market right now.So how we going to compete, especially with high energy costs we have like electricity. Coffee roasting takes a lot of that. Maybe that’s none of our business?

  55. Trevor F
    February 28, 2014

    Why is it not the minister of agriculture reporting this venture? Why is it always the PM reporting every aspect of every ministry?
    Why Why Why. Aren’t these ministers suppose to be the ones who report back to the people of Dominica when it comes to their ministry.
    Maybe someone can enlighten me.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2014

      Well, nobody else can speak for God or the son of God, you don’t know that. Good!

      • There you have it.
        February 28, 2014

        My sentiments exactly!

    • mom
      February 28, 2014

      here is your enlightenment .
      people voted for HONOURABLE ROOSVELT SKERRIT AND NOT THIER CONSTITUENT REPRESENTATIVES .
      SKERRIT IS THE WAY FORWARD AND THE OTHER MINISTERS JUST WAISTING TAX PAYERS MONEY .
      WITH OUT Skero Dominica is FINISHED no other man or woman or person can run this country except Skerrit .
      GOD BLESS our P.M. Skerrit AND GOD BLESS DOMINICA .

      • Trevor F
        February 28, 2014

        God only blesses the people who does his work and those who help themselves,remember that.
        You rip what you sow and right now Dominicans are sowing Diddly Skwat which means the square root of a big far zero under this government

      • There you have it.
        February 28, 2014

        I..D..I..O..T.

      • JoJo
        February 28, 2014

        If he that good why not sack the ministers and safe money??

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 28, 2014

      Why are you so stupid?

    • da
      February 28, 2014

      because this man skerrit is micro managing, he belittles all his ministers, embarrass them in all way and form, where is the minister of agriculture, they all afraid of skerrit, he talks to them like he talking to his son, and all they do is bow their heads, a bunch of crabs in suit and tie.

    • Citronella
      March 1, 2014

      I am not red, blue or green. I’m black. However, it seems to be insecurity, micro- management and no trust of the ministers to say the right thing. That is a dictatorship. Study the color red in different governments around the world and see what it means. Just saying….

  56. Just Blaze
    February 28, 2014

    I think they should change the color of the prisoners t-shirts from blue to red to reflect the fact that some people in high office who wear red should be in prison.

  57. Jon Carson
    February 28, 2014

    I have a very serious question isn’t Dominica for everyone and the elected officials including the Prime Minister, the PM for everyone (regardless of political affiliations)? If that is indeed the case, why is it that everything on the island encompasses only two colors (red and blue)?

    It disturbs me that the PM is talking to a group of folks/citizens and every single one of them in the photograph is dressed down in red. Let’s get away from this color thing as there is a time and place for everything and I am growing tired of that color Dominica. On the campaign trail and at political gathering I can understand the color alliance thing but not at every function, news or media release – it have to be a color thing. Grow up my fellow countrymen and women can’t we not look beyond color?

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 28, 2014

      After reading that article and learning about a new industry being developed int he country, the only thing you can comment on is the color of the shirts the people in the picture are wearing… very sad

    • .
      February 28, 2014

      Why is this wrong?

    • Simply the Truth
      March 1, 2014

      It is their preference and personal business to wear red if they so wish. You dictator, do not try to deny them their right and privilege to do so.

  58. oh oh :)
    February 28, 2014

    clearly these are selected group of young labourites… probably forced to join the group, since they may be beneficiaries to the programme

    • Shim
      February 28, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • .
      February 28, 2014

      …or maybe they just wanted to declare their position.

  59. grell
    February 28, 2014

    Why are all the youths dressed up in red t shirt SMH.

  60. linky
    February 28, 2014

    village concil meeting or laboor party meeting them fellar do have cloth to put on them man all of them in red

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