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Dominica explores production of new crops for export, including ginger and turmeric

Posted on June 26, 2020


Dominica is exploring the production of new crops for export, including ginger and turmeric.

Agriculture Minister Fidel Grant says during the COVID-19 Pandemic Dominica continued to export large quantities of root crops to neighboring islands.

However, Grant says opportunities are opening up for export of a variety of new crops.


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  1. Karen Sutherland   On   June 27, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Since 2014, I have been asking MoA to work with U.S. APHIS to permit Dominican turmeric to be imported into the U.S. As in 2014, today in 2020 there are still only 2 countries in the western hemisphere (Jamaica and St. Vincent) from which turmeric importation is permissible. Hopefully the wakening of interest you report will encourage MoA to bring this import permissibility to successful conclusion. Turmeric (especially organically grown) sells for very high prices in U.S. (I have seen organic turmeric at $15-20 USD per pound retail) so offers a great opportunity to Dominican farmers, but as U.S. farmers move more and more to hoop house growing of turmeric (and ginger) and supply increases, prices will likely go down. Hopefully whatever has held up the permission can be resolved soon now that MoA has further interest.

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