Venezuelan soldiers return home from Dominica

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Twenty-two soldiers of the Venezuelan Navy returned to their home country after being in Dominica for fourteen months, working towards the construction of a shed for a coffee plant located in One Mile, Portsmouth.

Venezuelan ambassador to Dominica, Hayden Pirela expressed satisfaction that the young men completed their mission with success and in addition to working with great dedication on the coffee plant project, the young men had conducted themselves greatly during their stay.

The soldiers returned to Venezuela on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 on a Venezuela Air Force/ALBA Humanitarian Aircraft.

They were all satisfied with having contributed towards the development of Dominica and in helping to achieve one of the legacies of late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frías.

In 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Dominica and Venezuela for the construction of the coffee plant.

Actual work on the plant began in July, 2013 when a Venezuelan Air Force plane, with the 22 soldiers, landed at the Melville Hall Airport bearing all the necessary equipment and materials needed for what was said would be a 10-month project.

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  1. Rhona
    September 2, 2015

    Dominicans, stop criticising, stop complaining, stop demanding! Get off your rear and go out and plant coffee and cocoa. Yes, we know they are long term crops, that’s what makes them “BLACK GOLD”. You can then put that “Coffee plant” to good use and not assume what goes on there. Use it to your advantage.
    If you did more to help yourselves and stop expecting, maybe you would be included in the manual labour services need to make these things happen.

  2. uwotm8
    August 30, 2014

    boy look man going to get dolares to bring back venezuela to change in black market lalala la revolucion sigue

  3. Anonymous
    August 29, 2014

    And the crâne opératoire from bourne

  4. change is a must!
    August 29, 2014

    partna allu to sort!a good bit of dominicans suppose to be employe on that prject!where were they?and our country doe have job!so wen we have a project on the island is or us to be employed and not for the ame set of venezuelans and chinese to build it and get the money!you think is for free?sort allu sort!so wen it have a project and one two dominicans employed they doesnt pay them?so how come they not paying the venezuelans,open allu brains!DOM INA CAN!

  5. Anonymous
    August 29, 2014

    that is not NO progress!old sin!!!coffee taking 5-10 yars to just grow and sometimes it doe even bear!we can do much beter than that man skerrit?shate man………………………..!!1 :twisted:

  6. August 28, 2014

    With all of that fertile land , Dominicans who own property should have planted so much more crops like grafted mangoes and other variety of sweet mangoes also apricots plus the multiple variety of fruits and veritables that can be grown on the Island over the past decades.

  7. August 28, 2014

    Good Dominica has so much potential and with all that fertile land they should have already planted a lot more crops over the years

  8. Anonymous
    August 28, 2014

    Good Dominica has so much potential and with all that fertile land they should have already planted a lot more crops over the years

  9. August 28, 2014

    Where is the coffee,I couldn’t even get a bag of Dominican grown coffee.Coffee takes a long time to grow and we gonna need alot to run this project.Dominican need jobs now not five years from now.Thats how long this coffee business is gonna take you we start planing now.

    • August 30, 2014

      So we shouldn’t make an investment because it won’t pay off for just five years? That attitude is the key to a lifetime of poverty.

  10. August 28, 2014

    When I saw the headline I wondered whether they were stationed on that base the Venezuelans have on Bird Island.

  11. KoKo Naughts
    August 28, 2014

    Wait nah DNO, de plane that is de shed, man? a a. Show us pictures of the shed nah please for me to see what kind of shed that taking 14 months to build there.

  12. Anonymous
    August 28, 2014

    Shed for a coffee plant ….14 months????? Thanks for the shed but I don’t think it should have taken so long to construct.

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2014

      you all can built it fast and better right? we always there to be negative on some positive things

  13. juan
    August 28, 2014

    Eugenia Charles said years ago that Dominica should start to grow coffee for export and build a plant to package said coffee, what are they waiting for there is a lot of money to be made in the growing of coffee especially due to the price of just one pound of canned coffee in the United States and other countries,.

  14. Doctor
    August 28, 2014


  15. Stupesss
    August 28, 2014

    Typical Dominicans , always want a hand out. Had to take Venezuelans to see that Dominica mountains are perfect for coffee and cocoa . When will they get it Dominica is for farming and manufacture ,not tourism ,Maybe Eco tourism abit ,but regular tourist no.
    Thanks Venezuela.

    • August 28, 2014

      you are a sak sot to even post that online

      • August 28, 2014

        im referring to the comment stupess made… sak sot

  16. Ras B
    August 28, 2014

    Where is the Shed?

    • JoJo
      August 31, 2014

      Ras, if you read the article properly you would know it is at One Mile, Portsmouth. It says so in the very first paragraph

  17. Ma Doris/La Plaine
    August 28, 2014

    Thank you very very much for your contribution towards the continued development of Dominica. God Bless you richly.

    • famalay
      August 29, 2014

      doh put god in your garbage ok

  18. Anonymous
    August 28, 2014

    I’m ex, army an I think they have been building a training camp an shed for coffee plant, any domincan from Portsmouth was working there. ?………no photos well well

  19. Positively Dominican
    August 28, 2014

    They know exactly the purpose of the coffee plant. Interesting!!!

    August 28, 2014

    Before anyone accuses me of calling Dominicans sort, please understand that I am just taking my place as a sort, since that name was given to all of us Dominicans by the Spiritual advisor of Skerrit and former pas. of the Portsmouth Pentecostal Church. But based on that name we are really proving to be ‘Toe sort’. You mean to tell me that Venezuella had to create employment for 22 of their soldiers in Dominica that lasted over a year and a half? How many Dominicans were employed for that same length of time building the coffee plant? Furthermore, how many Dominicans have been encouraged to plant coffee specifically for that plant? So we did not benefit from the contrition phase of the plant, and our farmers will not benefit from it either? The only thing we will get is the bad name? Bad name because Venezuella will use this plant to ship their coffee beans and other questionable things to Dominica, and when coffee is processed Dominica will ship venezuella coffee, processed in DA and their other questionable stuff to other parts of the world, using Dominica name? On top of that Dominicans did not even learn to build a coffee plant? Our land, their coffee plant, employment for their people, while we will get the bad name? Sacwe sort!

  21. commando
    August 28, 2014

    weh,weh, weh,coffee plant eh?

  22. coffee what coffee
    August 28, 2014

    we do not have coffee to supply that intended project,is just total wast of time,maybe they have their own idea of what they will process in their shed??????

    • August 29, 2014

      Coffee what coffee I totally agree with you, we need to see the photo of the shed likewise others buildings, I think this shed is for some other purpose, maybe for coffee and the white powder to go with the coffee, there is too many secret informations hidden away from us by this Skerrit government, interesting to hear that the minister is tight lip regarding that Bitcoin company Dominican beware too lay shall be our cry, take warning my people take warning

  23. Anonymous
    August 28, 2014

    Wouldn’t it also make sense to have pics of the shed they constructed?

  24. grell
    August 28, 2014

    our young unemployed could not get a days work,very sad,i just cant get it with these fools we have running our country.

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2014

      some young people were employed.

    • Ma Doris/La Plaine
      August 28, 2014

      Many Dominicans will be employed in the manufacturing process. We need more manufacturing businesses so as to create jobs for our youth not just the one or two who will be involved in the construction.

      Guess you are saying to the venezuelans you give us a gift and we want Dominicans to build it. Guess you don’t get the choice to make demands when you receive a gift you either accept it or reject it smart man.

    • B.E.B
      August 28, 2014

      Grell ! Can u see that the every day running operation will be under taken by Dominicans?

    • Reason
      August 28, 2014

      Did you pass at One Mile to see the Dominicans working there? The Electrician from Paix Bouche was there also?

      • change is a must!
        August 29, 2014

        i pass one mile and one dominican i see working there is a grown lady putting plants in bag!

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