Farmers donate again to charity this year despite challenges

DNO file photo

In spite of the challenges faced by farmers this year, they were still able to provide produce to charitable organizations in the annual ‘Minister’s Food Basket’ donation.

Agriculture Minister Roland Royer made that disclosure at a handing over ceremony held at the Dominica Infirmary grounds last week.

The donations are made annually to ensure that the less fortunate and those in need at different institutions on the island have hearty meals during the holidays.

“This year the farmers provided produce although they are facing a lot of challenges,” Royer said.

This he said includes climate change, increased cost of inputs on fertilizers and animal feed to name a few.

Furthermore, Royer mentioned that the government must also be commended for the effort in providing support to the farmers over the years.

“For example for the past 3 years the government has invested $28 million-dollars in just farm access roads in key productive areas …,” Royer stated.

In addition to that, he indicated that currently the government has under construction a US$10 million Tissue Culture Lab in Portsmouth.

“And since hurricane Maria the government has given assistance to about 3500 farmers in inputs and other machinery at the value of $80 million-dollars,” Royer said. “So that shows government’s commitment to the farmers and to the sector and its intention is to have the sector build up and grow.”

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  1. I Am You
    December 28, 2022

    Though it is a natural law that without fail each one must receive the fruit of their deeds..bitter or sweet. highest on high Father also sees everything..

    Peace .

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 27, 2022

    I mean any Dominican growing up in the 1950’s and as recently as in the 1960’s and into the late 1970’s I am sure are shocked to read that sort of nonsense!

    “In spite of the challenges faced by farmers this year, they were still able to provide produce to charitable?”
    Giving away things that grew almost wild unattended in Dominica less than fifty years ago, has now become charitable?

    There is a curse in our country, all because of Roosevelt Skerrit, something is wrong with that boy, as long as there is a Roosevelt reigning over Dominica, life of living will become worst!
    The worst is yet to come; I cannot believe that in a country where over the years more than 90% of our people grew these things around their house, in backyard, if they had no farmland; they are accepting the very once common staples as charity!
    Dominicans who vote for the demonic Rosevelt, deserves this punishment!
    Roosevelt curse is on the nation.
    Before Roosevelt Skerrit Live in the nation was…

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 27, 2022

    “In spite of the challenges faced by farmers this year, they were still able to provide produce to charitable organizations in the annual ‘Minister’s Food Basket’ donation.”
    I cannot believe the nonsense I read in the quote above!
    Are they talking about Dominica?
    What sort of challenges are thy talking about; Dominica is a place where most people have a bit of land, farming is a tradition; when I grew up many of that was thrown away; or some people would exchange with their Neighbours; the way that was done is like this.
    Some people cultivate yellow or other species of yams, if they did not have dasheens, they would exchange yams for dasheens, or bananas (green fig) ect. From Wesley each Saturday we took all kinds of Agricultural produce to Roseau to sell, people in Roseau were so poor, if by 2:00 PM one did not sell all, we simply walked away leaving the unsold in the sold market.
    The way these people are talking is as if that is a Mericle gift: Things must be very bad in…

  4. Time-X
    December 26, 2022

    When Dominicans were prosperous there wasn’t any need to snow some dasheen and green zaboka. This picture describes the near starvation and the lack of food to the needy. In Dominica??? This picture is tasteless and embarrassing. What a disgrace.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1

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