Roseau MP Disputes Investing in Coffee Plant

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Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Norris Prevost

Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Norris Prevost, is concerned about the Government’s decision to invest in a coffee processing plant at one mile Portsmouth.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in the 2013-2014 budget presentation, that the plant will see the processing of 2000 tons of coffee bean per year.

In order to deliver this level of supply to the Venezuelan market which has already been secured, approximately two thousand acres of coffee will be required.

Roseau’s MP, says the Government will be making a huge mistake to try to place Dominica into Mas Coffee Production.

“Dominica is a small Island and the countries that produce Mas Coffee including, Brazil, Columbia,  Costa Rica among others,  produce a large amount coffee and sometimes are not sure where to export it,” he stated.

He added, for that reason, this is why Dominica cant go into Mas Coffee production,  nevertheless to produce coffee to other countries.

Mr. Prevost said Dominica has already established a name, by producing high quality coffee for the niche market called Café Dominique”, therefore if Dominica ventures into importation of coffee from Venezuela, it will tarnish Dominica’s reputation in coffee production.

The coffee processing plant was donated by deceased Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and construction of the plant commenced in April of this year, by a joint company; Venezuela/Dominica (VENDOM).

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