Dominica Friday launched a project designed to help farmers and fisher folk affected by Hurricane Maria restore their agriculture and fishing livelihoods and adopt climate resilience practices.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Reginald Thomas said the 'Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries Dominica Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project (DEALCRP) represents one of the largest investments in agriculture in recent times and is geared at transforming the agricultural sector.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister, Reginald Austrie said 'this project, if executed properly, will signal a revival of the agricultural sector from the pre-Maria period'.
Following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the Dominica government with financial support from the World Bank amounting to US$25 million has sought to implement the five-year DEALCRP project, which has four main components.
'Component one is the restoration of the recovery of agricultural livelihoods with an amount of some $21 million,' Austrie said, noting that the second component will deal with the restoration of key production infrastructure and -institutional, livestock and forestry.
He said US$5.2 million has been budgeted for that component of the programme with the third component including project management and coordination to an amount of an estimated US$ $2.1 million.
The fourth component will be a contingency emergency response of US$25 million.'
Austrie said at least 4,000 farmers and fisher folk will receive support from the...