The government of Dominica, through the Ministry of Agriculture has signed an agreement with the Dominica Agricultural and Industrial Development (AID) Bank for seven million US dollars to assist farmers following Hurricane Maria.
At a signing ceremony held on Thursday 18 January 2018, Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo, said this agreement will aid in the advancement of the farming sector adding that the funds were provided by the World Bank under the Disaster Vulnerability Response Project (DVRP).
“The Government of Dominica in its response to providing grant assistance to the farmers post Hurricane Maria recovery has entered into an agreement with the AID bank to administer funds on behalf of the Government of Dominica to the farming sector. The government proposes to do so by committing 7 million US dollars equivalent to 18, 817,400 EC dollars.” he noted.
Nine hundred commercial farmers will receive a fixed grant of EC$10, 000 while three thousand and thirty-two small commercial farmers will receive EC$3000.
Farmers and fishermen do not meet the stipulated criteria as either commercial or small commercial farmers will receive EC$1000 each.