Cocoa farmers called upon to ‘go back to their farms’
There is still hope for cocoa farmers in Dominica, who may wish to take advantage of regional and international market opportunities.
That’s the confirmation coming from the general manager of the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA), Mr Gregoire Thomas, while addressing a half-day workshop for stakeholders involved in the cocoa industry, at the NDFD conference room.
The workshop, which was organized by the Center for Development Enterprise (CDE), was facilitated by Dr Darin Sukha of Trinidad, who presented the findings of some research work on cocoa activities conducted in Dominica in May of 2010.
It is expected that the stakeholders will give their feedback on the findings and present a proposal to Dexia, aimed at improving the cocoa industry in Dominica.
Mr Thomas told the opening ceremony this morning that there is still much potential for the development of the cocoa industry in Dominica.
CDE cocoa initiative programme works with seven countries in the region and aims to provide technical support and enhance competitiveness among producers.
Director of Agriculture in the Division of Agriculture, Mr Ricky Brumant pledged his division’s commitment to work with the cocoa farmers on the island to revitalize the industry.
Carlyn Roberts, who represented the National Authorizing Office, reiterated the importance of all stakeholders coming on board, to make this goal a success.
According to her, the sharing of data or information is critical in the revitalization process.
The workshop is being funded under a project called ‘Caribbean Fine Flavor Cocoa Industry Commercialization; Caribbean region, CAR-RFO’, implemented by de Cooperation Internationale En Recherche Agronomique pour le development (CIRAD).