The Government of Dominica, through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), is seeking to plant and produce more weather resistant plants as part of the country’s efforts at improving its food security.
It was revealed that research is ongoing to determine plants which can withstand harsh weather conditions to be planted here.
This, according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, is to ensure that there is always food available on the island after a storm or hurricane.
These remarks were made during a handing over ceremony on Friday 8 June 2018 in which one hundred beneficiaries received cash grants and token certificates to help rebuild their enterprises.
“In the revisiting of the agricultural program and policies, we are also looking at what are some of the resilient crops we can plant; crops which do not have a major impact on the environment, crops that can withstand the ravages, so even If there was to be a slight movement of the soil that they can still survive,” Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit stated.
The Ministry of Agriculture is also considering making more resilient plants transition from seasonal crops to year round crops, also with a view to ensuring food security.
“And these are things that we’re looking at in agriculture, not only having these crops to be seasonal, but what kind of science, or technology, or practice we can bring in to make it year round, as we’ve done with yams,” Mr. Skerrit stated.