Douglas urges street vendors to return to Roseau Market

The Roseau Market is now opened for vending. Photo: Discover Dominica Authority

Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas, has urged those who vend agricultural produce on the streets of the capital to return to the Roseau Market because it has reopened since the passage of Hurricane Maria.

He stated that street vending in Roseau is something that the government does not want to encourage because of the lack of proper sanitary facilities.

“So we want to as much as possible to encourage all of our vendors to really return to the Roseau market,” Douglas said last week.

He stated that he understands the situation immediately after Hurricane Maria when vendors wanted to ply their trade but now that the market is opened, they should go there.

“That is the purpose of the market and that is really where all of the conditions necessary required for proper fresh produce vending is and not on the side of the road where you have no pipe-borne water beside the road, no washroom facility … to meet the sanitary requirements needed for fresh produce vending that may exist at the Roseau Market,” he noted.

DEXIA announced last week that  the market has reopened but stated that half a million dollars are needed to get the facility working in normal conditions.


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  1. Pas toutes D'cen aveg
    December 13, 2017

    Ian DA has anything to sell at this time ? I guess cash crops that grow in under 3 months and Maria was just in sept. farmers died,dying, cripple ,old, unable, no longer interested in Farming. Most have not even visited their holdings since the hurricane what can they plant and Harvest?
    I have this classic joke from a farmer friend who has since died .He told me in 1980 that fig price was fluctuating and Mano was advocating one thing whilst her Agri Minister was still confident about fig. He was a funny guy and said to me :My Cos son best they advise us to plant Macaroni instead.”” He use to be a school principle in a former life and was a full time Farmer apres. It took me a few mins to get the drift but I got it. Then he said to me Dominique fini bart. That macaroni joke remained with me. It’s now 37 yrs. Trust you readers get the joke. Remember he was a school principal from the East if u know what i man Don’t think of anyone from the north lol !Need help with the…

    • Pas toutes D'cen aveg
      December 13, 2017

      Remember there are no seeds nor plants re: Macaroni. This joke really make me respect this guy more even decades after his death.

    • Pas toutes D'cen aveg
      December 13, 2017

      Remember Macaroni don’t have seeds nor plants like Banana. hahaahhahahhahhaah
      something to think about readers.

  2. December 11, 2017

    Not only for food products, there should be no vendors occupying the sidewalks of Roseau. In the first place, it is an eyesore to the World–the Tourists who walk the Streets in daytime–and in most cases, pedestrians have no choice but to walk on the streets–which are already too small for motor vehicles.

    When I was in Dominica I almost got smashed up by a huge bus, because I could not use the sidewalk, which was packed with all kinds of vendors. This has to stop–it is now 2017, not 1917,

    • Martin shaw
      December 13, 2017

      What a ridiculous comment.

  3. Music Producer
    December 11, 2017
    • Yo Yo
      December 11, 2017

      There is them crates again sorry tables that cost $500,000, what will the cost be if you have to get climate resilient crates sorry tables,

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