Dominica’s Coffee Plant which has been constructed at One Mile, Portsmouth could become operational in the next 3-4 weeks.
That’s according to the head of the Agricultural Investment Unit Dr. John Toussaint.
The Coffee Plant, donated by the Venezuelan Government, had encountered some delay with the electricity connection, but that has been resolved.
“We are expecting the Coffee Plant to become operational soon because we have a lot of coffee already in stock in need of processing. All we need is electrical power to start the machines,” Dr Toussaint said.
He informed that the coffee in stock was imported from Nicaragua through Venezuela and there is enough coffee to process for six months.
“We will still use local coffee but because production is still low we are going to import coffee from Nicaragua, we will be working with the farmers to grow more coffee,” he explained.
Dr Toussaint indicated that coffee growing farmers will be given seedlings and fertilizers to facilitate the process.
He promised that as local production increases there will be a decrease in the importation of coffee.
“We have the ideal environmental conditions, we have the ideal rainfall and terrain,” Dr Toussaint said and encouraged young farmers to get involved in the coffee sector.
“It will take about three and a half years to have your first crop, but once you start getting coffee you will continue getting coffee with production peaking at ten years,” he noted.