Ministry of Agriculture makes donation to less fortunate

The donation was part of the ministry's annual donation drive
The donation was part of the ministry’s annual donation drive

The less fortunate and those in need at different institutions on the island all benefited from the Ministry of Agriculture and Social Services annual food basket Christmas donation on Friday.

The donations are made annually to ensure that residents have hearty meals during the holidays.

New Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo, who was speaking at a handing over ceremony held at the Dominica Infirmary grounds, thanked residents living there for helping to build Dominica.

“I am here today to say to the residents of the Infirmary, we are here to say thank you to you for what you have done for building Dominica for us because for sure the residents here are persons who worked very hard during difficult times across Dominica in building this beautiful country, especially those who worked within the farming sector,” he said. “I want to say to them on behalf of all the farmers who donated the produce we are about to donate today, that it is coming from their heart and hard work.”

He appealed to all Dominicans to consider assisting institutions such as the Infirmary and the Grotto Home during the holiday season.

“Nothing is too much, everything will be added so as we go in to the Christmas weekend please remember the Dominica Infirmary, Grotto Home and the other institutions that the Ministry of Agriculture is making a donation to today,” he stated.

Meantime, Acting Chief Welfare Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Dominica Infirmary, Leroy Morvan thank the ministry for the kind gesture.

“We know that Christmas time is a time of giving and sharing and this could not have come at a better time,” he stated. “Now that they, the residents, are at a stage where they cannot help themselves it is a pleasure to be of assistance to them.”

New Minister of Social Services, Catherine Daniel, who was also present, said it’s not the quantity but the thought that matters when donations are given to the less fortunate.

“It is not the quantity that matters when we give, it’s the thought, it’s how we feel about giving and giving with a cheerful heart no matter how small it is,” she noted. “You never know where we will be when we get to that stage, and so we have to help others and be thankful.”

Daniel hopes that the donation will serve as an impetus for other people to assist the Infirmary.

The other care institutions visited and presented with donations were The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Each One Teach One, Operation Youth Quake, CHANCES, Marigot Hospital, Grange Home for the Aged in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Hospital.

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  1. Ma Moses
    December 23, 2014

    Are you sure this story was not planted by GIS, another photo opportunity. Not one picture of the beneficiaries of these wonderful Christmas gifts?

  2. cry out
    December 22, 2014

    hmm it is so unfair that the farmers were not thanked for donating the distributed food stuff, the farmers are disgruntled with the way they are treated each year as it relates to the (Ministers food basket) which should be the farmers food basket. they did not even pay attention to whats going on but just go and look good delivering speech that they forgot Marigot presently don’t have a hospital, so the received no food. please give some thanks to the Division of agriculture staff who did all the hard work and the farmers who sacrifice what they have even as production is on the low right now.

  3. Dominica UK
    December 21, 2014

    Well done, let usvgive his MGesty all the praise

  4. concerned Dominican
    December 21, 2014

    i would have asked the same question of malzier but he is their boy

  5. concerned Dominican
    December 21, 2014

    if one makes a donation to people in need. why should it be publicised? pastor rodney what are your thoughts?waiting for you on friday

  6. Dang
    December 20, 2014

    “DONT GIVE A MAN A FISH …GIVE THE MAN THE TOOLS TO FISH” – and he will never go hungry. Too many political agendas in Dominica has tainted our country. Agriculture has been destroyed. I have a proposal for Pointe Michel I am still waiting on the govt…..coming up on 2 years now..

  7. Titiwi
    December 20, 2014

    Excuse me but according to the article Mr. Drigo thanked the Farmers for the donation so that is what it should have read in the headline. Damn politicians taking too much credit for what other people do. The residents of the Infirmary and the Grotto know who their real benefactors are., ordinary people that have no political color. Thank you farmers!

  8. peace out
    December 19, 2014

    It’s great to see that our elderly are regarded in this manner. Yes, they have worked hard in their lives to help us to be who we are today. Our focus should be to revive the agricultural sector and to continue to encourage the farmers and to assist them financially to continue to produce the foods necessary for our sustenance. When I was growing up we always had enough to to share with others. Our survival depends on the earth from which these foods are grown and not on the fast foods that are high in fats, sodium and sugar. That is unhealthy to our bodies and causes us to be obese, especially if we do not exercise. We must eat to live and not live to eat. We must not continue to embrace the unnatural and neglect the natural. We have to make wise decisions in order to live a long life.


  9. Positively Dominican
    December 19, 2014

    Where is Marigot Hospital? Need some direction please!

  10. Zuma
    December 19, 2014

    Eh zor Ka dit agriculture dead. Les ban merchaster. Bon Dieu ke pinis Zos eh.

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