Gov’t to tackle feeder roads

The Carholm feeder road
The Carholm feeder road

Farmer’s constant lament of the deplorable road conditions leading to their farms may soon come to an end.

Acting prime minister and minister of public works, Rayburn Blackmoore, has said movements are being made to rehabilitate feeder roads all across Dominica.

Blackmoore told the inauguration of the Marigot Village Council on Monday evening that the government has spent some $2.7-million on rehabilitating feeder roads, which he said was an interim measure to bring relief to farmers.

However, he said there will be a ‘comprehensive approach’ to the issue under the Banana Accompanying Measure (BAM) funded by the European Union.

“We shall be addressing 72 kilometers of our feeder roads,” he said. “In fact the survey works are being done, including Marigot …. to bring relief to our farmers. We are talking about $42-million to be spent on feeder roads in this country.”



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  1. Lovely
    March 12, 2014

    Why did they take so much time to fix the feeder roads. They forget that agriculture is the backbone for Dominica. “A stitch in time saves nine”. Hope they are serious, and not just doing it because election is around the corner.

    Where were these ministers born? How did their parents send them to school? They forger farming was number 1? Shame on them, but better later than never.

  2. anonymous2
    March 12, 2014

    Elections must be around the corner. I feel for the farmers.

  3. Anonymous
    March 12, 2014

    Thanks D.N.O for the info, that’s good on the government however pt Michel has not gotten any relief, the pt Michel farmers has abandon all efforts south of pt Michel on a place we call AFONDE, that place use to be a vibrant agricultural community for the people of pt Michel and sufriere, now it is abandon no road to get to there the government has block the road to get there by buldusing the access entrance by getting tarish sand so we the people of pte michel cannot get to ure property, why not open the axcess road to the sea , and the beach so the people of pte michel can have axcess instead of the elite who live on the hills of that location who block axcess to the beach there.I wont mention no names but the people of pte michel need to speak, and demand access to the sea from the sufrier road.

  4. Trevor Fabien
    March 12, 2014

    Another April fools joke by DNO :-D :lol: :cry:
    Is that a road. I bet you a challenger battle tank could not negotiate that road.

    Help us Lord. Im already voting for you

    March 12, 2014

    Government to tackle Feeder roads!
    Feeder roads must win against government!
    Those roads so bad not even manicou can cross!

    last time a caterpillar try to tackle the roads all the teeth in the bucket break, the engine blow and the driver pass out from exhaustion

    De gradder put rocks from the road inside a dump truck, two miles down the road the axle break, two tires burst and the driver almost caca on himself because of the noise from the tire bursting

    Dey put 12 parow to dig a guttah on de side of the road… 12!! after sparks, broken handles and plenty crack rocks, it take 32 shovels to dig that guttah 100 feet long… de next day rain fall, it worst!

    You cut a tree… tomorrow it taller, you cut the weeds by weekend bush bigger, you move a big stone tomorrow its a pot hole, you put concrete it turning into sand
    Gook luck!!!

    March 12, 2014

    Marigot farmers, as many farmers in Dominica are neglecting their holdings because of the deplorable conditions of the roads, be it feeder or public. Mr.Blackmoore, the Melville Hall/ Governor road is not a feeder road, it is a public road which must be maintained by the government; when last have you or anyone from the government or public works travelled or visited that road to see the condition under which the farmers have to traverse on a daily basis to tend to their produce? Marigot people have stopped complaining because complaining does not bring any results. You all are tired of fooling the peopole of Marigot, especially when elections are around! Marigot people are smart enough to know that you all are just spewing garbage and that you all should not be taken seriouly. A road that was once a two vehicle road is now a track where one vehicle can bearly pass, the holes look like craters and valleys. Mr.Blackmoore stop paying lip service to the people of Marigot and Dominica and start fixing the roads.

    • Tell it like it is
      March 12, 2014

      LIPS service ? are u for real ? you people are the same ones Criticize all road project that has been undertaken in this Country. Marigot has a former P.M ………… am listening what was done to roads there?

  7. angel
    March 12, 2014

    Yes please. Far better to help the farmers than to support yet another bound-to-fail hotel project, doomed to become an ugly concrete blot on the Dominican landscape.

  8. Sunshine City Girl
    March 11, 2014

    Guess election is really around the corner. Don’t give the farmers any rush rush roads anyway.

  9. dafriend
    March 11, 2014

    Again the DLP pre-election propaganda machine in full swing. I don’t trust you guys. All you do, keep promising things but very little actually ever materialises. In 14 years you’ve done very little, so why would you do something now in the last few month. A bunch of notorious liars. Go to hell! Change is a must not an option.

  10. Roseau North
    March 11, 2014

    DLP is using all avenues to spew their propaganda. Dominicans are a wise people and will not fall for you all tricks any more.
    The winds is change is blowing all over Dominica.

  11. St.Joe
    March 11, 2014

    This picture is terrible to watch. I mean it is a shame to see how this DLP regime has allow our roads to the farming community has become.
    They think that they can just spring up some new projects and we will vote for them again? I strongly doubt it.
    15 years of the same old thing is enough. Time for Change.

  12. La Plaine
    March 11, 2014

    The world has enlightened. Da open your eyes.

  13. La Plaine
    March 11, 2014

    How long does it take for a road to come to this deplorable state? Where was the DLP Gov’t all along?
    The wod has enlightened , so Dominicans better fit-in and make your mind to change Gov’t. They taking us for a joke now.

  14. observer no 2
    March 11, 2014

    what a blind set of men we have running this country


  15. Labour Power!!!
    March 11, 2014

    DNO thanks for all the information you have been passing on. However, I am a little surprised that you have said nothing about the Malaysian Jet that went missing since Saturday with 239 passengers on board, with two having stolen passports. You know Dominicans are always concerned about anything that has to do with passports whether stolen, sold to terrorists or given to diplomats. I leave in the US and when a co worker of mine heard the news of two on board had stolen passports, he was quick to tell me that he hope those passports were not Dominica passports sold to Iranians. So DNO please, get someone in authority to assure us and the world that our passports are not missing or sold so that we could have peace of mind.

  16. Mojo1
    March 11, 2014

    PROMISES and MORE PROMISES! As long there is gullible people, there will be empty promises. This is coming from the same minister who promised that thre will be a 15MW geothermal plant by the 1st quarter of 2013. He is also the same minister that promised that the EO Leblanc Highway(Portsmouth Rd) wouls be a 4 lane road. He is the same one who said the Belle to marigot road would be completed over 1 year ago. etc, etc etc etc.

  17. Bee
    March 11, 2014

    good move that took long enough….
    but i voting Workers…..

    • Dominican
      March 11, 2014

      I sticking with the good move and voting DLP.

  18. burtdave
    March 11, 2014

    In a DNO publication of June of 2013 it was reported that the BAM was expected to be about EC$54 million and I quote”.The Government of Dominica recently launched the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) where EC$54 million from the European Union (EU) was injected into the island’s agriculture sector as a means of boosting that sector”The minister is reporting in this article above that “We shall be addressing 72 kilometers of our feeder roads,” he said. “In fact the survey works are being done, including Marigot …. to bring relief to our farmers. We are talking about $42-million to be spent on feeder roads in this country.We need to know if the $42 million is going to be financed from the BAM $54 million or other sources and if not how is the balance of $12 million going to bring any meaningful sustainable change to the agricultural sector which requires investments in research and development, investment in TISSUE CULTURE BLACK SIGATOKA resistance varieties in banana,IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR LABORATORY FACILITIES AT THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS to meet global certification requirements, Just asking because in my mind these are also important things that the BAM should also be addressing and I am just trying to understand the overall budgeting of the $54 million :?:

  19. Aie Dominique
    March 11, 2014

    I’ll give to you the keys of the chest,
    And all the money that I possess,
    If you will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    You will marry me.

    If you’ll give me the keys of the chest,
    And all the money that you possess,
    Then I will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I will marry you.

    Ah ha ha now I see,
    You love my money but you don’t love me,
    And I’ll not marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I’ll not marry you.

  20. Aie Dominique
    March 11, 2014

    Does anyone know this rhyme we use to sing when playing hoop in the 70′s? Join me as we sing it to Skerrit and his failed DLP team.

    Here goes Skerrit and his promises:
    I’ll give to you a paper of pins,
    If that’s the way that love begins,
    If you will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    If you will marry me.

    voters voice:
    Well, I don’t want your paper of pins,
    If that’s the way that love begins,
    for I won’t marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I won’t marry you.

    Skerrit & the DLP:
    I’ll give to you a golden ball
    To bounce from the kitchen to the hall,
    If you will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    If you will marry me.

    Voters voice:
    I don’t want your golden ball,
    To bounce from the kitchen to the hall,
    For I won’t marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I won’t marry you.

    Skerrit and the DLP:
    I’ll give to you a rocking chair
    To sit in the garden and take fresh air
    If you will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    If you will marry me.
    Voters voice:
    I don’t want your rocking chair,
    To sit in the garden and take fresh air,
    For I won’t marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I won’t marry you.
    Skerrit & The DLP:
    I’ll give to you a silver spoon,
    To feed the baby in the afternoon,
    If you will marry, marry, marry, marry,
    If you will marry me.
    Voters voice:
    I don’t want your silver spoon,
    To feed the baby in the afternoon,
    For I won’t marry, marry, marry, marry,
    I won’t marry you.

    In other words Skerrit and the DLP, you had 14 years to show us that you loved us, cared for us, and have us for life. Instead, after 14 years you fattened yourselves while you took everything from us and now you coming with new offers? So yes, give us everything but we still will NOT marry you. Out you go!

  21. SMH..
    March 11, 2014

    Blackmore you have been repeating this since this question was asked by Mr. John in parliament in 2010.

    Heavy rains of September 28th 2011 – Stories
    Budget 2012 – More Stories
    Budget 2013 – Look Stories
    Salisbury Farmers protest in Roseau, October 2013 – Black Sigatoka Stories
    Heavy Rains of Christmas Eve 2013 – Lying Excuses
    Marigot Village Council Inauguration – Kokoy Tories

    Mr Blackmoore, what has the DLP done to relief the farmers of Dominica with their feeder roads?

    Give atleast 5 feeder Roads that your government did something on them in the interim. I hope the farmers of Dominica especially those from Salisbury heard you.

    The government said that they would have started the BAM project in the third quarter of 2013, then first quarter of 2014.. 20 more days to go in this quarter and nothing.

    Mr Blackmoore, Stop Misleading the people.

  22. Norm
    March 11, 2014

    election in the air——-

  23. Graham Chambers
    March 11, 2014

    I hope Portsmouth is not forgotten.

    • Canefield
      March 11, 2014

      All you Portsmouth people that help put we Dominicans in that mess. Doh matter how bad DLP treat all you, you all still voting for them and yet still Possie looking a mess.
      Look within yourself if you want to be remembered.

  24. OneMile
    March 11, 2014

    Go ‘head and fix it, it will be easier for me to thief their yam and dasheen. Is not farmer alone that lament those road there nuh.

    • Bogoroy
      March 11, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  25. Plan Dominque
    March 11, 2014

    Why should a government allow such an important infrastructure to economic development get to this deplorable condition. This further reveal the incompetence and lack of understanding of national development priorities by this admiistration. Too little too late. Thirty plus million for state house yet agricultural feeder roads, a main vein to the agricultural sector completely ignored for years. Change is a must.

    • man
      March 11, 2014

      do, don’t do u all will never be satisfied.
      u all expect everything to be done in one sweep.
      u all forgot we working every where yet salaries where not pay on time. u all do not even know what u all want.

      • chow mien
        March 11, 2014

        The only party notorious for late salry payments was the labour coalition party around 2002. Thats when they crashed the econony due to incompetence. At that time UWP was in opposition for 2 years.

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