The United Workers Party says it has a new plan for agriculture and fisheries if elected to lead the nation.
According to its manifesto launched over the weekend, the party aims to modernize the industry and make it attractive to young people.
The manifesto has highlighted their strategy for a productive agriculture sector.
Among them are: a comprehensive post Maria rehabilitation program for coconuts, coffee, cocoa, avocados and breadfruit; the allocation of 20,000 acres of land to produce bananas, plantains, coconuts, root tubers, coffee, cocoa, cashews, ginger, vanilla, herbs, spices and nature island flowers, and the manufacture of health and wellness products.
Cannabis also features on this list of commodity crops.
Monelle Williams, UWP candidate for St. Joseph detailed her team’s plans for the emerging industry.
“On the matter of cannabis, Dominicans will be engaged in issues involved in humanizing, legalizing and industrializing cannabis in the interest of national health, wellness and resilient economic development.”
She said further that fishers will benefit from a ten million dollar revolving fund.
“As your newly elected government, we intend to create opportunities and put Dominicans back to work. United Workers Party has devised a program that will provide valuable assistance to fisher folk and allow them to grow successful fishing businesses.
“We will set aside EC $100m from recovered passport revenue to invest in a new and revived agriculture and fisheries sector.
“Under the Fisheries Sustainable Growth and Investment Program, we will provide the initial investment capital to purchase and assemble fifty fisheries investment packages for our fishermen and women. We will also lend farmers technical assistance in growing the necessary crops,” Williams continued.
Those packages include a new fiberglass boat with outboard engine; new safety and medical equipment and supplies; new marine communications equipment, and new fish-finding equipment.
The party says the team has put itself forward to speak for Dominica with no ill motives. Petite Savanne candidate, Rosanna Emmanuel says it is a selfless sacrifice.
Read full manifesto here: MANIFESTO