The Promotion Of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages (PROPEL) project has been working closely with farmers through the Ministry of Agriculture, DEXIA and the Bureau of Standards for the past two years to improve quality and quantity of produce reaching high value markets.
PROPEL has targeted five countries for the implementation of its project activities including Dominica.
According to PROPEL local representative, Diana Henry-Laville, one of these implemented projects was the introduction of record- keeping booklets to farmers. Laville, was speaking at a crop farm management and record-keeping workshop last week.
“in 2016 the Bureau of Standards and PROPEL collaborated on the production of 300 farm record-keeping books to help enhance the ongoing thrust to farm certification and DOM-GAP. The record-keeping process is a key component in farm certification and therefore we should embrace this valuable workshop...,” she said.
Funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the world University of Canada, PROPEL is working with private sector buyers, producers and other value chain actors and business service providers to facilitate the safe, effective and efficient movement of fresh produce from the farm level to high value markets.
PROPEL has also facilitated the procurement of high quality irish potato seeds; trained farmers in potato production, soil fertility management and soil testing; created a fresh produce brand for Dominica and facilitated the shipment of fresh produce from Dominica through DEXIA to a high-value market in Barbados.
All of these are in keeping with PROPEL’s intent to facilitate the development of commercially based linkages between producers and high value markets that will be sustainable.