World bank approves US$25 million for Dominica’s agricultural sector

Dominica’s agricultural sector got a severe pounding from Hurricane Maria

The Agriculture sector in Dominica is to benefit from a US$115 million special World Bank Program for Dominica which will also benefit other sectors of the economy.

Prime Roosevelt Skerrit said on state-owned DBS Radio on Tuesday morning that 40 million dollars of that money had been approved for housing and 25 million dollars for agriculture and he expects that Minister of Agriculture will soon speak to the public in greater detail.

“It is very extensive and if properly implemented, it could benefit agriculture dramatically in Dominica resuscitation and the revitalization of these agricultural centres where you’re probably getting plants and providing support, tangible support to farmers. You’ll be providing farmers with direct support on the farms,” the prime minister stated.

He said the government is looking at the possibility of a credit scheme as part of the program.

“So there a number of components to this agricultural initiative. We’ll bring in a new structure in agriculture to help focus on the implementation of these components,” Skerrit added.

The rest of the money will be spent on infrastructure with US$1.8 million for social interventions.

“To help households with some direct cash support and we will be targetting the most vulnerable communities and the most vulnerable homes in Dominica,” Skerrit explained.

He said the World Bank is assisting with the formulation of the framework for the social intervention program and hopes that will soon be in place.

 

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47 Comments

  1. GeorgeO
    April 5, 2018

    The is a key word missing fromthis article: ‘Loan’.

  2. Wrong is wrong
    April 3, 2018

    The world bank is going to have to put ALOT more money on aside for Dominica each year as long as these evil, corrupt cabals continue to manage our affairs because believe you me, Dominica is going to be under the sword for as long as they are in power. As I listened to the GON Emmanuel saga, the attempted murder against him and his wife, the top guns that got involved in the cover up for whatever reason (s), those that blocked his case at the magistrates court and so on an so forth. I have a better understanding of why Dominica seems to be under a the sword especially since after 2010 because God in His righteousness cannot allow any nation or people, guilty of such evil to prosper. GON Emmanuel did not get justice from the court system but definitely Dominica will not be rewarded for such injustice no matter what those preachers say. I cannot understand why so many people still supporting this corrupt thing man. They have malle; they have bouche and the Will NOT see good

    • NUWP
      April 4, 2018

      I thought the world bank wouldn’t give more money to Dominican after listening to you all leader (THE EXPERT ON EVERYTHING EXCEPT COMMON SENSE) yea.

      I don’t know when you all will learn to keep all you mouth close yea.

      But again is shame all you don’t have.

      Everything you all say Dominicans seeing the contrary we and you all still talking a lot of nonsense EVEN YOU ALL SEE DOMINICANS DONT TAKE U ALL ON.

      By the way Lennox still awaiting a response from the QUEEN??

      Boy mi or TET DOE-FEH GASA

  3. Dowad
    April 3, 2018

    Let’s go , kid on the block, looks like you’ve become dumb too.
    Am glad you’ve realized that Skerit is a cancer to this country. Imagine almost twenty years and nothing tangible happening,we need fresh ideas ,innovative ways of doing business in this country, You will benefit, I will benefit, the whole country will benefit ,come on board with me.

  4. Cow bite man
    April 3, 2018

    Stop fooling the poor and ignorant ; That story was already published.

  5. Ibo France
    April 3, 2018

    We have heard about the numerous donations, contributions, grants, loans and debt forgiveness. Not seeing much concrete evidence of anything propagating. There is too much talk and too little deeds.

    • RandyX
      April 4, 2018

      Because most of it ‘disappears in the system’.

    • Neville
      April 4, 2018

      Every morning Skerrit gets up he is saying, thanks God for Maria!

      • Gary
        April 4, 2018

        Wow, are you beside The PM every morning to know what he says, so long for your silliness.

      • Neville
        April 5, 2018

        Better than being in his behind!!

  6. Roy Williams
    April 3, 2018

    Thank you World Bank. Their will be no need to sell our passports to all kinds of crooks like Lap Seng and Morfared.

  7. Dowad
    April 3, 2018

    You will always remain that kid on the block, no job,no money,no future.
    Poor you!

  8. Dowad
    April 3, 2018

    Kid on the block,I know you are not just singing for super,you are literally begging. That’s what DIRTY Skerit has reduced you and all the morons to.
    I know you can’t wait for tomorrow , Wednesday. You are the first one to show up.
    Tell your master to provide jobs for you and family,you need your liberty,you need to buy your own rum and cigarettes.
    One thing you can’t deny,jump high,jump low ,Skerit is definitely a waste of time when comes to Dominica’ s leadership.

  9. April 3, 2018

    Hopefully the real farmers will get the money and put it to good use. You people really can’t keep on misusing the money bc in the long run it will keep on putting the country way back. Used the money wisely. People all over the world are helping Dominica so do the right thing. God bless Dominica ??

    • anonymous2
      April 4, 2018

      These people are being duped with empty promises. They will never see that money and it will never get to the farmers. If it did, there would be major production and processing for exportation. It would help to get the farmers out of poverty. Farming has long been a low priority of this administration. Too bad.

  10. whizzkidd
    April 3, 2018

    if dca has 500 farmers that’s 624887.00 xcd dollars per farmer !!!!! I bet you they gonna only get 3 grand hahaha stay there

    • Brinsley
      April 3, 2018

      It don’t work so, they need feeder roads to, they need fertilizer to, they need plants to, so it don’t go so

  11. John
    April 3, 2018

    Who is going to watch that $25 million US dollars? That is a lot of money. One man should not be trusted with all that money. The money needs to be watched like a hawk 24/7 to make sure it does not get syphoned off and deposited into nefarious bank accounts off island. A board of trustees of trusted persons from all over the island should be appointed to keep track of that large sum to make sure persons of ill refute do not get their sticky fingers on it. Large amounts of money are always tempting to bad characters.

    • April 3, 2018

      More idiot talk, based on BS you have been fed by political propagandist. Do really believe that an institution like the world bank would lend money to countries without proper systems in place to guard against misuse. The Skerrit administration that people like you label as corupt and has no credibility in the world have been able to raise hundred millions of dollars for the reconstruction effort. These funds comes from international institutions many of them were been told by the leadership of the UWP that the government of Dominica operated a criminal enterprise, yet the funds keep rolling in yet you continue to belive BS propaganda.

      • RandyX
        April 4, 2018

        US$100 million Petro Caribe money??? At least 50% of the proceeds from passport sales??? 50% of the aid money from Erika and Maria??? To name just a few but I could easily go on. And you blind red bat are telling us your PM has proper systems in place to guard against misuse? Maybe his systems are not good enough to guard against misuse by himself?? But you and your likes keep on making excuses for YOUR PM?? You foolish little NOTHING!

    • anonymous2
      April 4, 2018

      Good luck with that considering that the PM is the Financial Officer, answerable to no one.

      • Gary
        April 4, 2018

        You should be pitied for your ignorance writing such comment, such comment just shows how little you know regarding how The Government operates, very sad indeed.

    • Gary
      April 4, 2018

      Why write such foolishness.Where did you get the idea one man is in charge and trusted with all that money, meaning The PM. Do you think the check is made out to the PM. Your suggestion regarding a board Trustees is needed to oversee the spending of such money shows how little you understand how The Government is held accountable for handling financial matters.There are persons and procedures within The institution of Government to oversee such things. The Auditor General and The Financial Secretary are public servants given the responsibility to oversee such things, there is also the Public Accounts Committee lead by The Opposition Leader.

  12. April 3, 2018

    I must admit I am totally confused. Is this another US $115 million from the world bank?

    • dee
      April 3, 2018

      Anon
      Like you I am more than confused .
      I am screaming .
      how long and how much is it going to take for us to actually see something tangible on the ground that can be said will improve the country’s economy ?
      I am taking about some factory , some plant , something that will say product of Dominica being shipped the world over .
      I recently went into a shop and bought soursop leaf tea , i am not going to say product of where as selfishly , i do not wish to further advertise for them .
      I remember many years ago when i said i bought banana leaves from Thailand and was asked what use was that to me by my British companion . i explained that i was going to bake bread on there like back home , i still do that .
      20 years ago i also bought packaged lime leaves which, if used as tea, helps for a sound nights sleep ,There and then, i decided to grow my own and with much love and affection i have succeeded to nature a 20 year old lime tree in my conservatory for freshly picked leaves .

      • dee
        April 3, 2018

        What is wrong with even trialing a mini cement plant ein , if as being announced money flowing in , why not do something with it that the eyes can see , that future generations could improve on as ”Product of Dominica ”?
        What happen to establishing a solar panel plant to see how it would actually work in times of desperate need .
        I have to admit how dejected i felt on one of my visits, when i glanced at a bottle of soft drink and saw,Product of ………… (not Dominica)
        As a DGS student we would very often receive free drinks from the bottling plant next to Grammar school. What has happened to our ju-c ?de red one the orange one the purple one ,our banana zip , our coke,our fanta ,our grape soda.Now we importing container loads of them things ,when it is claimed we have the best quality natural fresh water,and in abundance .Sometimes just these experiences make a Dominica visit depressing .
        Somebody please make the authorities see some sense in establishing some factory…

      • dee
        April 3, 2018

        Yes I am out of Dominica now
        Said i would
        Sadly had to leave .

      • Gary
        April 4, 2018

        Congrats to you for doing something you knew that could be done to alleviate a situation which became beneficial to you. What if many more Dominicans did what you did instead of waiting on The Government for a solution while complaining. Now on the other hand, why are you waiting for the Government to build factories on the ground to see improvement of the country’s economy. Do you think such responsibility should be placed solely on The Government, where is the entrepreneurship spirit of the private sector in Dominica.This is a question you must ask before you condemn the Government.

  13. KID ON THE BLOCK
    April 3, 2018

    The more Lennox write to the World Bank, the more the World Bank pours millions of dollars in Skerrit’s hand. What does that tell you? Skerrit is managing the World Bank monies well, so tell Lennox go to hell!

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      April 3, 2018

      Hope Lennox takes credit for t5hat one too.

    • Man bites dogs
      April 3, 2018

      Well said Kid, I could not have said it any more better.

  14. Iamanidiot
    April 3, 2018

    More money for people who are NOT farmers to get and no dog bark

  15. Who feels it knows it
    April 3, 2018

    Skerrit can no longer blame Maria for his failures because no doubt the man getting money. In fact he must now say, THANK GOD FOR MARIA and pray for more Maria like storms. The million dollar question is, what has Skerrit done with all the monies? What has he done to make protect Dominica from another hurricane? Should we be spared from the 2018 hurricane season, what has Skerrit done to ensure farmers are back in business? Going back to Erika in 2015, Skerrit has received more money than the amount world bank has. However not a thing on the ground to show as a sign of progress or restoration. World Bank seems to have money to dump do I can understand why they giving Skerrit so much money to dump all over, without any questions asked by the donors? I say freely that the world bank is hurting us more than helping us.

  16. Dowad
    April 3, 2018

    I meant fiscal matters.

  17. Dowad
    April 3, 2018

    The world bank may approve tens of trillions of US dollars to Dominica,as long as its this kid Skerit whose handling it,the obvious is expected, corruption,waist, misappropriation, red clinic and the list goes on. In addition to that these morons have no experience in fish am matters regardless of how long they are in there.
    So therefore these funds from the world bank will just go to waste.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      April 3, 2018

      Dowad, for your information, The World Bank (people) are not as stupid and dum as you are.
      Do you believe the World Bank disburse monies without thoroughly analize the situation just why IT is giving out the monies? If ALL you talk about Skerrit was true, do you believe the World Bank would have delivered those monies? You are just a boom boom fly go and do some homework.

      • Ba Yo Bwa!
        April 3, 2018

        You said it all, Kid. Are people among us – who call themselves Dominicans – that ignorant? I’d rather think that this sort of belief system has its roots in crass partisanship and bare dislike of the PM and country. Reasonable people with commonsense, never mind education – and I’m not here speaking of college a education – don’t speak/write with this level of ignorance. Ca pas posible. God help us!

    • Gary
      April 4, 2018

      Do you have facts or evidence to substantiate your comment, you writing such comment does not say you are right, it’s just your opinion. You sound so arrogant by suggesting that these funds from the world bank will just go to waste.

  18. Yes I!!
    April 3, 2018

    I’m so $^#@ confused. I thought Lennox just reported Skerrit’s misuse of funds to the World Bank?? So why are they still approving money for Dominica. A UWPite must explain what is going on because nothing that Lennox and the UWP say seems to be true. I can no longer take them seriously. No way!! I’m done, especially as I’m still waiting on that bomb shell from the Panama papers.

    • Perfect Idiot
      April 3, 2018

      You really sound confused because you don’t understand the difference between “APPROVED” and “RECEIVED”. Since you are so badly off let me see if I can help you with this example: Extension officers APPROVED me for $10,000 but when Skerrit saw my name and realized I am not one of his puppets, my nane was crossed out though I have the largest farm around. Did that help you YES!!!? If not you worse than me.

      • Ba Yo Bwa!
        April 3, 2018

        Awa! Your name got scratched because you did not meet the absolute and stated criteria. Stop smelling yourself.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        April 3, 2018

        You are truly a Perfect Idiot.

      • Gary
        April 4, 2018

        Why is it your political partisan beliefs overrides your ability to reason. Have you applied for a loan and it has been an approved, what are the chances that you will not receive the money. Stop your nonsensical analogy.

    • Satan's Tree
      April 3, 2018

      Perhaps he just told you he reported something. Because in truth he hasn’t reported anything to anyone of note.

  19. Man bites dogs
    April 3, 2018

    Hooray Hooray it looks Uncle Linton letter to the World Bank did work, Dominica is getting even more money being Approves by the World Bank, good job Linton, now try writing to London Please!!!!!!

  20. jihan
    April 3, 2018

    Skerrit i trust you no more,election is approaching and i hope you realize hurricane season is two months away,i hope the world bank put in place proper procedures on you and your corrupt regime,waiting to see how this money is dispursed,and not spent on election.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      April 3, 2018

      You make no sense, jihan. Go back to the Middle East!

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