Let’s increase availability of white potatoes on island says White Potato Cooperative

Ruth Augustine

The newly established White Potato Cooperative has issued an appeal to its members and other interested persons to prepare for participation in the upcoming planting season, in order to increase the availability of white potato on the island. Recently, stakeholders met to finalize plans for the disbursement of seeds which is expected to begin soon.

President of the Cooperative, Mrs. Ruth Augustine Guye, says that while many farmers planted late and did not realize a profit, this should not serve as a discouragement for this planting season.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances and many setbacks including the lack of machinery, farmers planted late and suffered losses because of the harsh weather we experienced late February into March. However, I would like to urge farmers to prepare now, so that they may be able to plant from December into January. That way, they will not have the same challenges of last year. Further, the ministry has sourced more machinery and farmers will receive assistance in one way or another to ensure that we have a better planting experience. There is a tiller registry that persons can utilize to schedule when they desire to have their tilling done. Persons may contact their extension officer or the cooperative in that regard.”

She added, “We want to remind farmers that there is money to be made in white potatoes and we must ensure that we get our share of the pie.”

The ministry of Agriculture has partnered with DEXIA and other stakeholders to pilot island wide planting of white potatoes and have made significant investments in that regard. This initiative forms part of the ministry’s goal to increase the contribution of agricultural products to our Gross Domestic Product significantly by 2030.

Copyright 2012 Dominica News Online, DURAVISION INC. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

Disclaimer: The comments posted do not necessarily reflect the views of DominicaNewsOnline.com and its parent company or any individual staff member. All comments are posted subject to approval by DominicaNewsOnline.com. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • contain any material which violates or infringes the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or are purely ad hominem attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote prejudice or prejudicial hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are off-topic and/or excessively long

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. Red
    December 18, 2023

    Let’s have some variation for goodness sake.

  2. Gone Are The Days
    December 18, 2023

    Ms Ruth, white potatoes are fine, however, for the sake of your kitchen and all kitchens on island you have to multitask and have two sections (at the least- on the sides) prepared for growing GARLIC and ONIONS that you sell the potatoes to buy from the shops.

    Flood the market like the foreigners do. It’s Imperative you do that to help cut your big food import bill.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available