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Food Security: A Priority in Dominica

Food Security: A Priority in Dominica

OECS Media Release

It has been just over a month since the Eastern Caribbean’s ‘food bowl’ was left bare following a direct hit from one of the strongest hurricanes to pass through the Caribbean basin – Hurricane Maria.

Agricultural stakeholders in the sub-region, both private and public, are actively supporting efforts to ensure the future of Dominica’s agriculture sector through the replanting of fast growing crops paired with dedicated supervision and the use of quality fertilizers.

Commissioner to the OECS for the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ambassador Felix Gregoire, recently visited the replanting intervention in Roseau where crops have already begun sprouting.

“In spite of the devastation that is all around us, it is beautiful to see the first signs of regrowth.”

“Food security in the Commonwealth of Dominica is definitely a priority and, while the extent of the devastation is vast, our land is fertile and these seedlings are a representation of the country’s resilience.”

“I extend sincere gratitude to the donors that have worked with the OECS Commission to get this replanting initiative underway as we focus on rebuilding Dominica stronger and smarter than before,” Ambassador Gregoire said.

Over 100,000 seeds have been planted at four strategic sites in the Commonwealth: Roseau, the North-East Area, the South-East Area and Portsmouth, with the first harvest expected in the coming weeks.

Several donations have been made toward the longevity of the project, such as green houses; seedlings; water pumps and fertilizer. 

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Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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Doris Nol OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Phillip Cupid OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Doris Nol OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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