An $18m boost to revive the agriculture sector and contribute to Dominica’s economy is in effect.
Famers who suffered loss due to the passage of Hurricane Maria have received grant funding, a collaboration between the government of Dominica and the World Bank.
At a press briefing last week, the Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit informed that nine hundred farmers will receive $10,000 and three thousand and thirty- two farmers will receive $3,000 grant funding.
The disbursement of funds began in the western and northern districts on Wednesday January 24 while on Thursday January 25, farmers of the east and south-east were scheduled to receive the funds.
During a visit to that part of the island, GIS news met with the Hon Member of Parliament for the Castle Bruce constituency and minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo.
Hon Drigo was pleased that Government could deliver on the promise made to the farmers.
“The Key is the fact that after we have paid these cheques some 9000 farmers will be recognized as commercial farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture is putting a structure in place to work with these farmers to give them the support that they need to ensure that their roads are cleared, to ensure that they have the right inputs, to ensure that they take care of their farms and to ensure that all of the post and pre harvest methods are applied in every crop and that we can meet what the market demands,” Hon Drigo stated.
Albertha Sorhaindo, a farmer from Delices, engaged in the production of toloma, bay oil and livestock rearing, says this assistance will go a long way as she seeks to recommence production.
She expressed her gratitude to Government saying that the funds will help her pay someone to help restore her farm.
Persons engaged in the fishing sector also qualified for the assistance and subsistence farmers will receive $1,000 compliments the Government of Dominica.
Farmers in the north-east should visit the Calibishie police station on Monday January 29, to receive their cheques.