WUSC Caribbean Dominica INC through the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security and the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business and Export Development has made a donation of a 20 feet reefer container to Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) in support of the white potato market system.
Minister for the Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security Hon. Fidel Grant says the donation of the reefer represents the strengthening of the existing bonds between the countries.
“The donation of this reefer container is a vivid demonstration of the commitment of some our partners, such as the Government of Canada, to create agricultural cooperation between the two countries,” Hon. Grant stated.
Minister Grant says the container will assist with eliminating the reoccurrence of limited storage space for white potatoes.
“This reefer container is valued just over 80,000 dollars and is essential in addressing the challenges such as storage and sourcing market once the food has been produced. The provision of the reefer will support the local distribution of white potatoes and ensure that our farmers are financially sustainable as they continue with production,” the Minister explained.
He called on farmers to utilize all opportunities under the Sustainable Agriculture in Caribbean (SAC) project.
“The joint efforts of the project team and the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture are most essential to the success of our cooperation. I urge DEXIA to see this reefer as a gateway to augmenting the local white potato trade, supporting emerging farmers to reach their true commercial potential and to ensure that we utilize all opportunities at their disposal trough the SAC project. Once again I express my gratitude to the Government of Canada, WUSC and the SAC team for this most generous gift,” Hon. Grant added.
Meantime, Minister for Trade, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business and Export Development Hon. Ian Douglas says the donation of the reefer container will assist with the reduction of the country’s food import bill.
“The donation of this reefer container is a timely intervention as the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture have synchronized their objectives and efforts at lowering the country’s food import bill, to provide livelihood support to our farmers, and striving to implement a double planting white potato season this year. This will reduce the volumes of white potato imported and it will allow our famers and white potato vendors a bigger share of the white potato market,” Hon. Douglas explained.
Mr. Doug Graham, who is the Director of WUSC and Project Director of the SAC project, says funding would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).