Dominica to develop National Agriculture Health and Food Safety Policy

A National Agriculture Health and Food Safety Policy is expected to benefit Dominica’s trade industry.

Trade, Agriculture and Health officials met for two days in Dominica to seek ways to develop a policy on food safety.

Trade official Welsworth Barthelme said Dominica can improve on the global trade market, once its food standards are of a high quality.

“Our farmers and production sector has to be able to meet the standards of the Europeans and it is the ministry’s duty to put the policy platform in place that enables our farmers, our production sector to meet the demands and the standards that the international market is looking at,” he said.

He said the ministry of trade has already put in place a Consumer Protection Bill is currently before the ministry of legal affairs for reviewing and subsequent implementation.

The just concluded consultation also outlined the challenges and gaps faced by stakeholders in the other food safety system, identify strategies for strengthening the country’s food safety system and allocate strategic segments to stakeholders for development on the way forward.

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4 Comments

  1. The truth
    December 1, 2011

    I hope the government making fundin available to food producers (not including the astaphans and nassifs, since they have enough money to provide for themselves) in order for them to do proper packaging and developing prose raring plants for cattle, sheep, goats etc… In order for farmers, I they cannot package themselves to be able to sell locally and have meat rared. This is something that should have been done in dca a very long time ago since agriculture is at the peak of our everyday life

  2. Morchoroh
    November 30, 2011

    better late than never especially concerning the consumer protection part.To encourage food producers and exporters to meet international standards is also another positive step.however these should be given top priority.Good move.

  3. Plain words...
    November 30, 2011

    Can someone please interpret the last paragraph:

    “The just concluded consultation also outlined the challenges and gaps faced by stakeholders in the other food safety system, identify strategies for strengthening the country’s food safety system and allocate strategic segments to stakeholders for development on the way forward.”

    I hope the forthcoming Policy Document is clearer than the Press Release.

    • Karma Chameleon
      November 30, 2011

      I must have missed something. I Read the report 3 times and I am yet to see where it was stated that the report was a press release.

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