Another step was taken on Monday to incorporate climate resilience in plans for the agriculture sector.
The Division of Agriculture is collaborating with the Dominica Meteorological Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the united nations to hold a three-day workshop which will cover the revision of the Agriculture Disaster Risk Management Plan and disaster preparedness plans.
At the opening ceremony which took place on Monday, Jan 27th, Director of Agriculture, Ricky Brumant reminded that climate change is not fictional and must be factored into every facet of life including agriculture.
“Our present action is what will determine whether we avert risk or expose ourselves. The Ministry of Agriculture is imploring every Dominican to catch on to this vision; latch on this purpose that we must have the mindset of mitigating and building a resilient sector.”
Brumant says, “We want to build an agriculture sector that is modern and renewed; a team that will expose the citizens of this country to a developing sector.”
He reminded that Dominica, as a small island developing state is not spared from the impact of climate change.
“It will impact the ability of our economy to provide for its citizens.”
He listed TS Erika, Hurricane Maria, floods and droughts.
“We all know that climate change is real; there are world leaders who will say it is a hoax and that you should not believe it and that the people who talk about climate change are prophets of doom but we in Dominica know that climate change is real. We know its impact is real. It presents a clear danger.”