Young farmers’ group launched in Penville

Member of the group with PM Skerrit
Member of the group with PM Skerrit

A young farmers’ group, which will afford greater opportunities for its members, was launched in Penville on the weekend.

Oscar George, President of The Young Farmers’ Group of Penville, said that the group, initiated by Prime Minister, and Parliamentary Representative for Penville, Roosevelt Skerrit, will allow farmers to take advantage of many opportunities.

“It now allows us, young farmers, to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to us. These advantages include the ease of sourcing finances, sourcing markets, and just receiving more recognition as a formal body,” he stated at the official launching ceremony. “This Farmers’ Group is a non-profit organization geared primarily at promoting the development of agricultural production and marketing in Penville.”

He explained that as a group, the young farmers will also be able to make better use of their resources.

“Having a unified, young, vibrant group of farmers can translate into optimum use of available land, employment, regular incomes, and improvement of the standard of living,” George stated.

An executive committee has been selected, to govern the affairs of the group, and to ensure the continued commitment of its members. A final assessment was also conducted to gage members’ level of commitment.

The Young Farmers’ Group has officially met with the Dominica Export and Import Agency (DEXIA), which promised assistance as part of its Production Support Program, as long as certain criteria are met by the group.

George promised that the group would make a positive impact on the community, while seizing any opportunities presented.

“Today, I can assure you that the Young Farmers’ Group of Penville is poised to take advantage of any opportunity that may present itself. We spare no effort in welcoming this initiative, and look forward to making positive strides to enhance our community,” he noted.

Meantime, Skerrit commended the group members for their initiative.

“Let me first of all, commend the young people of Penville for taking up the challenge of organizing yourself… The challenge to you was to organize yourself into a group so that we could work together in getting opportunities for yourself and also capitalizing on the existing opportunities you have created for yourself,” he said.

Skerrit stated that agriculture is an important investment for the country, as it contributes to greater economic development.

“For us in the government, and for me personally, agriculture is critically important to the welfare of Dominica… We have, as a country, to continue investing in agriculture,” he noted. “Food security is important. We have to be able to feed ourselves, and to feed the nation, and to also export to serve for foreign exchange that will create greater economic activity in our country.”

$100,000 were presented to the group by Skerrit. It was part of an overall $250,000 commitment made to the group.

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37 Comments

  1. Braindamage
    March 28, 2019

    PJ was a great leader but allow Leo Austin to play in his brains.
    The writer forgot that PJ won his seat that he contested while being in prison.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 16, 2016

    “$100,000 were presented to the group by Skerrit. It was part of an overall $250,000 commitment made to the group.”

    They are bought and paid for at a cost of $250,000.00 dollars, they have sold their young soul to the devil in hell, hence by the next election, all Skerrit has to do is remind them of the thirty-one ($31,250.00) thousand dollars the eight of them received; they will have to obey their master and vote for him. That is eight more families Skerrit has just purchased!

    Donors of money to Dominica hoping your money is being utilized for a useful purpose, in the reconstruction of the country; that might be one of the way it is spent. Shouldn’t someone demand from Skerrit to disclosed the source of that money?

    What purpose with that money serve? It simply another way of dividing the pie; you are bought with the taste of a piece of a ripe breadfruit pie!

  3. February 16, 2016

    I cant take anything Skerrit involve in serious :-D

  4. are sniss
    February 16, 2016

    jealous people lol still angry labour couldnt lose lol

  5. FORKIT
    February 16, 2016

    salisbury have more young farmers than any other place in dominica.. back to the same old story fertilizer for supporters only… every aspect of dominican life politicians are involved with in dominica is a failure…..

    • are sniss
      February 16, 2016

      well next time election time come tell all salisbury young man to vote for uwp and keep wonderin y

      • originaljahguide
        February 16, 2016

        @ are sniss, if you join your name together it says it all (arsniss). You are such an illiterate. Does Dominica belong to laborites only. Did the money skerrit give in Penville come from Labor funds or from we the tax payers. I wish all you good luck in your ignorance.

  6. Justice
    February 16, 2016

    why is it, that the report says the $100.000 was given by”Mr. Skerritt” and not the Government or Agriculture department or on behalf of these state offices for assisting this young farming Group?what is so wrong to absolutely mention to the taxpayers and other interest that those funds are made available through the efforts of the hard working people or the of this island… while this is an applaudable event, the negative trail of events that places every effort and service solely at the name of this prime minister’ Mr. Skerrit’ should be given undivided attention. Y’all better wake up from that nightmare!!

  7. Dan is de man in de van
    February 16, 2016

    Will monies for this group come out from the account of YL. There is plenty in this account and this is what it will be used for.dont be distracted Dominicans look into this and find out how much of this money is helping this group and take all if necesaary after all it’s our passport money right there…

  8. Floridian diaspora
    February 15, 2016

    All the country have is farming and a stupid fruitless broke NEP program that have people frustrated. Skeriit claiming that agriculture is an important investment for the country as it contributes to greater economic development but he doing all that is within his power to kill it. This nothing more than a last resort move to give the young hopeless ones a false sense of hope because the employment options in Dominica are very thin.

  9. I want to know
    February 15, 2016

    Boy Skerro be careful those boys don’t trick you and make you give them tax payers money to farm their little thing you know. According to the mighty Lucas, before you accidently give them any money to farm their little thing ‘I want to know’ ok

  10. love
    February 15, 2016

    just political smoke

    :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  11. Crab Man
    February 15, 2016

    A young farmers’ group? Wow! What do they have on their farms nou? Is it a group to grow medical marijuana? Is any of them already investing in medical marijuana? Just asking ok. Anyways be very careful because remember it is not legalize as yet and, though the Capuchin police station has been demolished and there is no police presence between the Penville -Savan pie road, you just never know when the police that usually protect our PM might use that road when they going to pick up the PM at his Vielle case home.

  12. HA!
    February 15, 2016

    I can identify ONE young man there who is DEFINITELY NOT interested in staying in Dominica much longer.

    I hope he communicated that to the rest of the group.

  13. Well well u
    February 15, 2016

    These guys are not farmers and they have no intention to become farmers. Money is being distributing.

  14. Truth iTell
    February 15, 2016

    At harvest time, each of you may have to bring a bag of dasheen to skeritt’s home; and to all the other Mini-stars. When is government giving or contributing to the public, the PM is not supposed to take no photo with the recipients; unless he is a dictator – Giving the public the impression that is “he” doing the service on his own. Dominicans are too blind to see that’s what happening.

  15. Truth iTell
    February 15, 2016

    As you all farm, mix your seeds for more profit.

  16. February 15, 2016

    Did somebody ask Skerrit why 6 months,ago he told people in Asia that we were moving from an agriculture base economy to a servuce/ money market base economy.
    But then again if I refuse to see the liar in a person no one can convince me that the liar is a liar.

  17. KEEP US INFORMED
    February 15, 2016

    Where is the minister of Agriculture??

    • HA!
      February 15, 2016

      Very good question. Where is Mr. Drigo?

      • Shameless
        February 15, 2016

        Hiding under Bortoe bridge in Castle Bruce until Skerro tell him he can come out and speak. For those of you wondering the said John-Dont -Know is no longer consulted as a minister but a square peg in a round hole. Sad, sad sad!

        Always Assertive! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Tjebe Fort
      February 16, 2016

      Very good question. Did he even know about this meeting? Where is the Ministry of agriculture in all this. Drigo must feel like a spare penis.

  18. February 15, 2016

    DNO I would like to think that Skerrit discussed the relevance of the coffee farming since Chavez gave Dominica a coffee plant that is currently nonfunctional.

  19. Me
    February 15, 2016

    Man, Skerrit is at it again! Divide and rule. Giving the farmers $250,000 to make sure they vote for him. Not very sophisticated and I call that simply bribery.

  20. Independent Observer
    February 15, 2016

    $100 000 ???? 8-O 8-O 8-O

  21. Jesus_Was_A_Captalist
    February 15, 2016

    Dominicans take note….Ehud Olmert, once known for his work to relaunch peace efforts with the Palestinians, became Israel’s first ex-prime minister to serve jail time Monday as he began a 19-month term for bribery and obstruction of justice. Olmert, 70, entered the Maasiyahu prison in the central city of Ramle just before10:00 am today. He was escorted to the prison by officers from Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency as a crowd of journalists watched from nearby

    • Face Time
      February 15, 2016

      I wonder why DNO allow this.
      no relevance just bits and peices of UWP propaganda.
      their unannounced policy to publish comments.

      • February 17, 2016

        You make yourselves unhappy :cry: by your unending fault finding and destructive criticism.

        It doesn’t matter what the PM does he cannot satisfy you.

        If you are not bad mouthing the PM you are bad mouthing the opposition.

        You are forever criticising the police in spite of the fact that they lay their lives on the line to serve and protect.

        You criticise the nation’s religious leaders.

        If these people do what is good, right, and profitable you blame them for having an ulterior reason for doing it. Even when you can actually find no fault in what they do you accuse them of having an evil motive.

        Better you look for good in people and find a reason to praise them. Or if you detect a problem offer advice as to how it can be corrected but do it in a kind way. In time you would begin feeling better about yourself and happier :lol: in the country you live in.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. :)

  22. February 15, 2016

    This brought back memories from my childhood when I spent time on several farms.

    What impressed me the most was how my cousins were up at the break of day, out in the barn, and on the land. I thought they worked incredibly hard. As I grew older I understood how their business was at the mercy of the weather and learned of the challenges.

    Here in Canada we say “The farms are the breadbasket of he nation.” With the coming of corporate farming – farms owned and operated by large companies – it has become more difficult for family farms. Too many young people who grew on
    the farms are choosing to do something else now for a living. We have lost family farms.

    I am glad to see the formation of the young farmers’
    group In Dominica. I hope it will be a strong united voice for the future of farming on the nature island.

    Good for PM Skerrit and his government :!:

    He who provides seed for he sower provides bread for the eater :!:

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist…

    • February 15, 2016

      Donald I wish I could share your optimism but alas this is de ja vous or de ja tan. Donald the farmers have been waiting for the farmers boat for 8 years now.
      The existing hotels are struggling due to low occupancy it seem more rational that the government work on building hotel occupancy and simultaneously encourage the farmers to focus on supplying the existing hotels.
      A country cannot be runner on impulse and ego. I am sure that this type of desultory action is definitely not what Donald is encouraging. How much are we contributing to nation building when we deliberately avoid calling in out the flaws in our processes.Systematic planning and rationale thought is what I would prefer applaud

    • The Evangelist?
      February 15, 2016

      You that religious clown that is dressed with you religious suit of hypocrisy in the name of Reverend, must be bold enough to call yourself a member of Skerrit’s cabal instead of using the bible to give a spiritual twist to every single thing. What seed did Skerrit for sower? These are the same scripture you all have twisted to enriched yourselves while the givers keep getting poorer.

      • The Evangelist?
        February 15, 2016

        @Rev. Donald Hill, I meant to ask what seed did Skerrit provide for sowers. dO YOU KNOW HOW MANY SEEDS HE HAS TAKEN FROM THE SOWERS and how many he and his policies have caused to be without bread today? The reason for the black segatoker that has destroyed our bananas for the past 2 years, is as a result of the hypocrisy of the church, that is part of Skerrit’s carbal.

        Under the watch of Skerrit, the state of bananas and farming in Dominica reminds me of the fig tree Jesus cursed in Mk. 11:14-20, yet the church says nothing. Furthermore, it reminds me of the curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-17, yet you all are so blind to the truth of what is happening and bent on twisting the holy scriptures to defend the lies, deceptions, and hypocrisies od Skerrit.

        If you know God so much, and I do believe you know Him and the scripture, then where were you when Skerrit publicly became a member of the lluminati the church once condemned? Is it now ok for all of us to get baptized like…

    • The Evangelist?
      February 15, 2016

      @Rev Hill, The person 2 Cor. 9:10 says that ” ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food” is God and NOT Skerrit, even if you all try to present him as god. That passage also went on to address some more important issues that the church avoids. ” and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God

      So he talking about an increasing in the fruits of righteousness, which is the opposite of what we see in the church today, as preachers are bold enough to go on state radio to LIE about villas, in the presence of his pastor BJ. That’s not an increase of righteousness but a degrease. So please stop using your DD title, which really means doctor of divinity, to twist God’s word for political gain.

    • Truth iTell
      February 15, 2016

      Are you serious? The government is unable to create jobs for Dominicans – Instead, they are looking toward the farmers to till the ground. I remember when we had real jobs and still till the ground and grow and harvest. Have a 3 acres of banana field, then let a hurricane hit the Island and see what happens to the farmers. Back to square one.

  23. country woman
    February 15, 2016

    I feel sorry for all you. :( :(

  24. Truth iTell
    February 15, 2016

    Winning the helpless one by one. A photo with skeritt is all it takes for some losers to sell their country.

  25. Channel 1
    February 15, 2016

    Aye DNO, could your investigative journalists find out and report to the public which of the young men in the photo taken above are involved in farming?

    Tenks again.

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