26 Sep

Government committed to the agriculture sector

first_imgGovernment has reaffirmed its commitment to the agriculture sector in Dominica.Hon. Matthew Walter (file photo)Agriculture Minister Mathew Walter told Parliament last week that from as far back as 2008, the government has been making significant investment, to cushion the rising cost of imputes to farmers on the island.He said “subsidies for the budget year 2008/09 amounted to $546,354.88, in 2009/10 $469,000.00, 2010/11 $506, 674.50, 2011/12 so far amounts to $194,286.91. Total to date for the past financial years amount to $1,716 316.29. Government pays forty cents of every dollar spent by farmers for fertilizers”.According to Walter, the government is providing support to the farmers brought about by the increased cost of external imputes are having on the farming community.“This is absolutely beyond the control of small states like ours and the government is ensuring that agriculture plays a fundamental role in achieving economic growth for its people,” he said.Walter noted that government has also provided resources for staff and certification in the citrus agriculture.“Citrus orchards have been undergoing complete rehabilitation for a while now. A lot of resources went towards the setting up of the infrastructure for the propagation. This is in direct response to the citrus virus that almost wiped out the industry a couple years ago,” he added.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet LocalNews Government committed to the agriculture sector by: – February 29, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img

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