Minister of agriculture, Matthew Walter, is dismissing claims that agriculture is dead saying the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has invested more in the sector than any other government in the history of the island.
“They are saying agriculture is dead but, my dear friends, anything that is dead cannot stand up,” he told a DLP rally in St. Joseph on Monday.
According to Walter there is evidence that agriculture is doing well in Dominica “because we have enough food to export.”
“So any country that has food to export, it is indicative that this country is doing well in agriculture,” he stated. “Food security is a most important aspect of agriculture, to be able to feed a people of a nation, and we feeding of the people of the nation, therefore agriculture is doing well.”
He stated that the government is embarking on a coffee plant, an abbatoir, a joint venture with the Chinese in a Dominica/China Modern Agricultural Center, a diversification program and a packing house, where “farmers will be able to sell more.”
He further said a meeting was held recently with WINFRESH which “has agreed to invest millions of dollars in the agro processing subsector of this country.”
“I have so much to tell you about agriculture but time is limited …” Matthew said.
Meanwhile, minister for tourism and legal affairs, Ian Douglas, told the crowd that an international airport will become a reality under a DLP administration.
“Under United Workers Party, they promised us a fake international airport… a fairy tale international airport,” he said. “Roosevelt Skerrit has told you that because of his friendship with China, the international aiport will become a reality in the next term of our government.”
Despite the current controvesy swirling around the government’s geothermal project Douglas also said geothermal energy will become a reality in Dominica.
“Only this government has the credibility around the world, only this government has the respect around the world to bring donors together to make geothermal energy a reality,” he stated. “If we change gears now we going back to the dark ages. We cannot afford to go back to the dark ages…we have to look forward to towards the light…I want to assure you that in the next term of our office, our next term of government, geothermal energy will become a reality.”