Feeder roads to get attention

The Carholm feeder road
The Carholm feeder road

A grant in excess of $673,000 has been approved for commencement of projects under the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) Program and feeder roads will be given attention and rehabilitated.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit revealed that information in parliament on Thursday while seeking approval for supplementary estimates for expenditure during the period 1st January 2014 to 30 June 2014.

He said all feeder roads selected by the government for rehabilitation during the project have been surveyed.

“All the feeder roads selected and prioritized by the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for rehabilitation under the BAM have been surveyed and estimations for the rehabilitation works has been prepared through the engagement of private consultants as well as staff from the Ministry of Public Works and lands and survey division,” he said.

He noted further that, companies both local and regional have been invited to tender for the validation and supervision of works to be undertaken in two phases.

“This will include verification of the selected roads and verification approval of engineering drawings and pre-construction costs estimates,” he explained.

The indicative timetable for the project, as outlined by the prime minister, is below:

-Deadline for submission of tenders for supervision: September 12, 2014

-Start of supervision contract: October 1, 2014

-Deadline of publication of tender for the works: November 30, 2014

-Deadline for submission of tenders for works: December 31, 2014

-Tender evaluation and award of contract: January 2015

-Commencement of work: February 2015

According to Prime Minister Skerrit, grant financing of $255,000 under the BAM was also approved, “for citrus certification for the construction of composting base at the Botanical Gardens and purchase of equipment.”

Meanwhile he said, the fight against the Black Sigatoka disease continues.

“In an effort to curb and manage the disease approval was given for an additional $49,996.36 to be used for the procurement of chemicals,” he said.

BAM is funded by the European Union.

 

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45 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 22, 2014

    speak the truth, initially the government said they were going to do 19 roads after Mr Trotter did an inspection and costings for these roads the money could only do about 3 to 4 feeder roads–T

  2. North
    September 20, 2014

    The High school graduates in Vielle Case need attention too.
    We have no jobs .

  3. vote him out
    September 20, 2014

    if skerrit steal this election like he did the last one then we will see the real pressure on the nation. lets us not forget history is full of opportunist just like that one we have ruling Dominica today

  4. Juan
    September 20, 2014

    How can someone be both minister of finance and Prime Minister at the same time in a country? that is a conflict of interest and opens it up for too much cookery, illegal activity and favoritism..

  5. politricks time
    September 19, 2014

    Farmers are the biggest cry baby’s out there these days. crying for feeder roads. Farmers get everything duty free, down to the vehicles, feed, fertilizer, wire etc. Then they raise their prices on produce then turn around and cry for government to give them a road to their farm. Don’t ever be fooled people, FARMERS MAKE MONEY! If i was to buy a piece of property in the country side to live, you think government going and give me a road to my home? no, they will tell me who tell me go and live there, go and build your own road, or wait till a significant number of people move in the area. i think farmers can do a lot more for themselves because they are profitable many of them and they still get a good regime of concessions and assistance from the government. MY OPINION.

    • Baoui Woman
      September 19, 2014

      Imbecile… You are however entitled to your opinion.

    • JODI WEST
      September 20, 2014

      so sorry that you have no idea what farming is like, that`s why” BULL” comes out of your head !!!!

    • Anonymous
      September 21, 2014

      Sa que mashaste. Why didn’t you build your own road to go where you want. If you had someone close to you that is a farmer then you would not speak such nonsense

    • Lonesome
      September 21, 2014

      Politricks Time, You are an embarrassment to all Dominican. You couldn’t be a Dominican! You are all alone in your thinking. Put the politics aside. We cherish our farmers and understand the sacrifices they make to feed the country.

  6. Anonymous
    September 19, 2014

    Remember Atlee in the heights of SenJoe needs to fix too

  7. faceup
    September 19, 2014

    Skerro What kind of driveways can you get out of that money??? Over and over politicians play that role when elections approach. These roads look like they have been neglected from the time Skerro been in office…SKERRIT AND HIS LABOUR PARTY MUST GO! GO! GO! SORTI LA! 8-O 8-O 8-O

  8. Sout Man
    September 19, 2014

    “Commencement of work: February 2015”. Get the hint; no election before commencement of project. No election before February 2015!!! Papa Dom, Grell, et al, take note.

  9. grell
    September 19, 2014

    Election coming finally Carholm road getting some attention,desperate time Skerrit.Then you call people bastard.take a hard look @ yourself.

  10. freddy
    September 19, 2014

    The same colonial Masters those ” THOSE BASTARDS…………”

  11. September 19, 2014

    That money is cake change for feedar roads.calibishie is dead .our agriculture has gone down the drain.skerrit better come better than that.

    • politricks time
      September 19, 2014

      no..Calibishie as a community must come better than that.

  12. Peeping Tom
    September 19, 2014

    A goverment that is working. Well done. Thank you to the EU.

  13. Senjo CIA
    September 18, 2014

    what is that ! so Carholm road come there nah ?

    • me
      September 22, 2014

      I have no idea what your comment means.. .but the Carholm road needs to be one.. I hope it’s in the list.

  14. john paul
    September 18, 2014

    This is the same Pee mm that called the Europeans Imperialist Colonizers now he using their funding to try to fool he to get elected.Mr. Skeritt after neglecting the feeder roads from day one in your tenure in office how far you think 673000 xcd dollars will go in rehabilitation of feeder roads?One kilometer? maybe two? Remember you said rehabilitate,maybe you should have said patching the holes in feeder roads.We watching you like hawks ,you will not ,cannot fool us this time,our eyes are wide open!

  15. check yourself
    September 18, 2014

    I can’t stop laughing, boy boy boy skreet good he really good, the man really underestimating the caliber and intellect of Dominicans, so it’s like every election skreet has a method of I know how to get dem to vote for me, just give dem the same promise and they fall for ut, we’ll well Mr skreet I got news for u sar, not dis time mr.u have done enough damage, it’s sad how u continue to attempt your mind games with those who are more ignorant to the fact, y do u do dis as a leader, can u find some jobs for our youth, and stop the dawg on cartoon bizbess, man im so upset the vest u and the dlp can do is walk out b4 the electorate embarrass u, cause it’s coming.

  16. Anonymous
    September 18, 2014

    Election! Election! Oh how I wish it could be at least every month. Then the grass would not be so tall on the roadside, there would be no holes in the roads, money would be available to all, councils would be well financed, my daughter would have so many jobs, oh but alas it is just every five fears

    sighing……….

  17. goodforyou
    September 18, 2014

    what linton tell him get lost you all will get a shock of all you life the night of election

  18. goodforyou
    September 18, 2014

    skeritt there to stay you a talking for your self not for other

    • September 19, 2014

      If PM is there to stay so why he doesn’t want to call the Election ask him that for the rest of us, The lady in red was in Toronto telling her Wesley people election will be in November 2014 don’t you believe it’s time but we all heard the PM said only his son knows when, PM better step up because things are slipping away from him.

  19. disgusted
    September 18, 2014

    Boss election should be every two years. our country would be well off. thanks for a strong opposition. thank god for workers. you really start working.

    • Peeping Tom
      September 19, 2014

      “Strong opposition?” For more than a decade all the UWPWee did was persecute Skerrit and all who are close to him, walk out of Parliament take on legal battles that it could never win, and bellyache and you want to convince Dominicans that BAM is the result of UWPwee pressure on the government? I suppose you too, have been asleep for the past 14 years.

      • politricks time
        September 19, 2014

        objectively looking at politricks and support that statement. Socially for the past yrs they have been out of office, what has the uwp done of significance to improve the lives of their constituents? as a party? How can i vote them when the last thing i can remember they did was change the plaque that had Dame Eugenia Charles name on it to a fountain. If i was a politician , i wold never wait for politics or election time. As a servant of my people i would serve. All the elections money id never waste it on blue tshirts and flags and bottles and nonsense that only for show, id put my people to work for the development of my communities piece by peice. By time elections come, half my battle win and my people would see the fruits and not wonder what if. they would already know. but no, that is not the case with these people.

      • Engineer!
        September 20, 2014

        @ Peeping Tom: You seem to be peeping for too long no wonder you are unable to see that after 14 years when ALL farmers have finally left their farm a go looking for security Skerrit is coming and promise rehabilitation of feeder roads. Why wasn’t all that mentioned in the budget? Is that the same Skerrit who promised a boat to transport farmers fresh vegetables? Is that the same Skerrit who promised to repair a few feeder roads last financial year and was never done? Is that the same Skerrit who said they are building an Abatoire so that farmers could supply it with meat of all kinds and to date cannot be completed? So peeping boss come into the open and see the many abandoned farms under the Government, maybe then you will make it clear that this won’t fool you again. Feel so sorry for you unrealistic supporters. I appears to me that you might just one day congratulate Skerrit for saying that his is going to construct a subway from Portsmouth to Roseau!! We are just so blind politically!!!!!! In the mean time we in the USA will be watching!!!

  20. Lonesome
    September 18, 2014

    If we are really serious about agriculture in Dominica that amount is really inadequate, nonetheless its something and its a start. But to make any significant impact and motivate the youth and other farmers to get back into agriculture you would require more like EC$8,000,000.00 towards feeder roads islandwide. So that would give a clear indication as to how much the whole Ministry of Agriculture is under provided for. Nonetheless thanks for the little pittance and small mercies.

    • Liberty
      September 18, 2014

      Thank you EU for the continued help to us.We rely on our Eu partners for musc of the renewal of basic services

    • The Facts
      September 18, 2014

      Some of you expect too much. It is as if you provided the money. If it were not for EU there would be no funds. Where would the money come from? Therefore, be appreciative and thankful.

  21. King Skerrit
    September 18, 2014

    Election goodies…smdh. Skerrit thanks for the election gift but you will still not win. Pack up. ..time’s up. You all got to go!! It’s the ECONOMY stupid- we cannot eat roads.

    • Peeping Tom
      September 19, 2014

      Lol! And what do you think the better roads are meant to do….to look pretty?? SMDH!!

  22. truth
    September 18, 2014

    what happen mr skeritt ,all of a suddern
    project project project,every day now is a new promiss where were all these projects,and all these moneys ,for those years past?
    Dominicans ,lets thank GOD for sir linton ,he is really making the impossibles happen ,muchless for when he takes the seat, because we really dont need a prime minister who does things only when election is round the corner ,and when its gone ,all projects gone with it ,till next election again
    change is a must,it is really ,not an option

  23. September 18, 2014

    Nice one keep it up

  24. anonymous2
    September 18, 2014

    Election time.

  25. john paul
    September 18, 2014

    What Skeritt trying now? Who is he trying to fool?He spends about that much on his traveling expenses and security detail combined.How many feet of road can that amount rehabilitate?Come on we are not that stupid,come straight mr!

    • Canefield
      September 19, 2014

      Is not we are stupid u are stupid :mrgreen:

  26. Bee
    September 18, 2014

    Everything will get attention now.

  27. JoJo
    September 18, 2014

    A big “Thank you” to the E.U.

  28. Evolved
    September 18, 2014

    Too little – too late – the agriculture sector in this country has been decimated by the DLP. Any Govt in Dominica that turns their back on agrculture does not deserve to govern.

    The feeder road have and will be an integral part of economic development through agriculture.

    Labour must GO!!!!!

    • politricks time
      September 19, 2014

      wasnt it UWP who turned from Agriculture and said we need to focus on Tourism in the 90’s? thats was a rhetorical question btw, yes it was them. I believe both sectors are essential as one contributes to the success of the other. but yes it was uwp who shifted the focus away from agriculture i the 90’s and placed it on tourism. they should have sought to develop both. an agricultural university like how ross has a medical university should be our next goal. Food and water will be the new oil and gold in time to come, and we have tremendous potential for both.

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