Paix Bouche/Dos D’ane Agricultural & Marketing Cooperative Officially Registered
President of the Cooperative, Mr. Charlesbert John stated, that the Society was conceptualized in 2010, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit
Mr. John added with the present global economic crisis, they must implement ideas to reduce the cost of their input. He also appealed to the Government to upgrade their roads which are in a state of disrepair.
Director of Agriculture Mr. Ricky Brumant said, the Cooperative is a good idea for the communities, and that they have been tried and proven to withstand the test of time, especially when the farmers work diligently and collectively.
He also urged the farmers to lend their efforts to the young people and schools, as they are our future farmers and hucksters.
Registrar of Cooperatives Ms. Mariet Canoville, advised the members that they must be serious as running a successful Cooperative involves a lot of hard work, dedication and collaboration.
Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Matthew Walter noted, agriculture is so significant in Dominica that, without it the country would suffer. We must therefore ensure that it is sustained, promoted and nurtured to provide its continued contribution to the socio-economic development of Dominica.
Mr. Walter advised the members of the Cooperative, to ensure it is managed efficiently and effectively, and failure to do so may result in a ‘doom and gloom’ situation.
Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, advised the President of the Cooperative, Mr. Charlesbert John, to position himself and farmers from surrounding communities, to take advantage of the Chinese Agricultural Technical Mission.
He said this is important, to educate the Chinese of the challenges they face and in return receive assistance in improving the quality of their produce.
Mr. Skerrit added, a collective solution to this problem is what we need to work on, through education, sensitization, and discussions.