The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries facilitated a presentation on the topic ‘Overview of the Public Sector Investment Program’ at a Marketing Consultation on February 14th.
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is seeking to improve market arrangements for commodities that are produced locally. This is with a view to increase local consumption and export volumes and strengthen marketing arrangements for agricultural commodities.
This consultation was referred to as the first of a series of consultations.
The objectives of the consultation were to discuss actions that could be considered to increase local production and consumption of crops, livestock and fisheries products, and to improve marketing and exports to regional and international markets.
Yesterday’s consultation aimed to determine some of the main products for export and production in order to establish what programs the ministry should put in place for the purpose of supporting farmers.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries will be able to develop a commodity demand profile to implement production programs to adequately meet the needs of each stakeholder. Also, action points could be considered for improvements in the arrangements for export and marketing.
At this consultation the keynote speaker was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Reginald Thomas. Also, there were presentations by Public Sector Investment Coordinator gave an overview of the Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP); Operations Manager of the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA), Bristol Lawrence presented a review of the export and marketting initiatives for crops; and the Production and Marketing Coordinator in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Julian Elwin gave an overview f the National Agricultural Marketing Information System (NAMkis). Moreover, there were open discussions among stakeholders on action points.