The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says Dominica’s food production requires immediate restoration. This assessment is as a result of widespread devastation to agriculture and fisheries caused by Hurricane Maria when it impacted the island last month.
Dominica suffered the worst damage from the powerful Category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Caribbean. The country’s agricultural and fisheries sectors were decimated.
FAO in conjunction with other entities
The FAO said that it will be working in conjunction with recovery efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Dominica, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), to provide short-term varieties of vegetable seeds. Also to be provided are fertilizers and hand tools to help residents grow crops in the interim while long term restoration of agriculture and fisheries is underway.
Long term recovery
In addition to providing immediate assistance, FAO in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has identified key priority areas for the long-term recovery of the agricultural sector including crop, livestock, fishery and forestry.
The FAO said that through recovery efforts, more than 10,000 seedlings of vegetable crops have been secured in addition to 150,000 seedlings of citrus. These seeds will be distributed to farmers in Dominica in the next coming weeks.
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