The local cassava industry through the Agriculture Ministry has been gifted two tractors and one commercial starch extractor.
This results from a partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The presentation was made by FAO Sub Regional coordinator, Dr. Renata Clarke this morning.
Ryan Anselm, Technical Officer for Projects and Services spoke on behalf of the Agriculture Ministry, “[The equipment] will assist the cassava farmers in land preparation to increase their productivity and production. The Government of Dominica has identified cassava as a resilient commodity that can assist in rural development and economic gain for rural families. We have targeted women and youth in [considering] the development of the rural industry.”
Dr. Renata Clarke said this is part of an initiative to grow the root crops and tubers industry across the region.
“I am very happy to be here today for this handover of the equipment. This is in support of the cassava value chain. FAO is doing a lot of work on roots and tubers around the region; in Dominica in particular this has very high significance. We take a value chain approach; we are concerned with production costs: reducing the [cost of] labour and the tediousness of the work,” Dr Clarke explained.
The equipment is valued at US $23,000.