Ministry of Agriculture Consultation
Agriculture, an industry that has contributed significantly to Dominica’s economic development since its independence, was the talk of the day, when the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, hosted a national consultation, geared at Public Policy towards Agriculture.
The consultation, which took place on Tuesday January 14th, at the Garraway Hotel, brought together some of the key players in agriculture from all across the region; including economists from collaborating agencies.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Eisenhower Douglas believes we need to start at the farms were the process of production begins to increase productivity.
According to Douglas, the table of contents has already been outlined for the policy and will focus on boosting farm outputs and years.
He noted that at the end of the day it is the farmers who begin the production.
Programmes, such as the Banana Accompanied Measures (BAM), a package of investments, which addresses various challenges in the agricultural sector was implemented as means to further the sector.
However, lack of an agricultural policy to govern the priorities for EU funding, resulted in the emergence of various issues for the programme.
Approval of the policy will aid in the maximization of the Agricultural sector in terms of output, competitiveness, foreign exchange earnings and income.
Mr. Brumant says implementing the policy has not been an easy task, mainly branching from public misconception.
Meanwhile, the Government of Dominica, in its quest to aid in the development of the Agricultural sector here, is continuing its work with the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS).