Operations Manager of DAPEX Urge Youth to Develop Careers in Agriculture
Dominica Agricultural Producers & Exports Ltd (DAPEX) is a private company owned mainly by farmers, and is responsible for the export of agricultural produce throughout the Region.
Mr. Julian Elwin, the Operations Manager of DAPEX said, there are immense opportunities for youth in agriculture.
However the fact that the Banana Industry has been stigmatized as hard work for little pay is a deterrent that is not necessarily true.
He did a small mathematical calculation on how monies can be earned by growing one type of product.
Mr. Elwin said that through the exports program o DAPEX farmers are not restricted to bananas but a variety of produce: including avocados, plantain, ginger, dasheen and a growing demand for yellow yams.
He stated his full support of tourism as there is a strong link between tourism and agriculture.
Specific mention was made to Barbados as they are thriving in both tourism and agriculture.