St. Vincent & the Grenadines Green Party


Fri 17th Jul 2015

Green Party offers hope for SVG farmers after closure of dasheen factory

The Leader of SVG Green Party, Mr Ivan O’Neal BSc (Hons.), MSc, MBA, and other members of SVG Green Party, were told last week by members of the public in the South Central Windward constituency, that the dasheen factory in Lauders has been closed down.

Now, SVG farmers have no alternative market for their dasheen and eddoes and the closure of this factory is a massive setback for hard working farmers.

Incompetence has become a habit for the ULP regime. There is no logical reason for the closure of this factory. There is a large foreign market for dasheen and eddoes and a large foreign market for the numerous dasheen and eddoes by-products.

The closure of the dasheen factory is yet another illustration of the economic incompetence and lack of vision of the ULP regime. Day by day, many of our farmers are losing money, because the ULP regime does not have the ability to find foreign markets for our farmers’ produce. SVG farmers and their families are experiencing hard times, because of the inexcusable stupidity of the ULP regime.

There are over 50 by-products for dasheen and eddoes. A Green government will re-open the dasheen factory and start to export dasheen and eddoe by-products. There is a lot of innovative use of dasheen and eddoes around the world. The factory will create employment, generate income and increase farmers’ income by thousands of dollars.

There is a strong demand in the USA and Europe for dasheen and eddoes, because they are well known for their health benefits. Dasheen and eddoes improve digestion, lower your blood sugar levels, protect the skin, increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, aid the immune system, prevent heart disease and also support muscle and nerve health.

Dasheen and eddoes contain a significant amount of dietary fibre and high levels of vitamin A, C, E, B6 and magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese and copper. Cryptoxanthin, which is found in their root, is directly connected to a lowered chance of developing both lung and oral cancers.

Given their renown health benefits and the strong demand for dasheen and eddoes abroad, it is incredible that the dasheen factory is closed. We cannot have 5 more years of ULP regime economic incompetence. The factory needs to be re-opened now, so farmers can boost their income. SVG needs a Green government.

A major problem in the agricultural industry is the lack of a ‘Marketing Corporation’. Leader of SVG Green Party, Mr Ivan O’Neal, and other SVG Green Party experts, have completed an assessment of the La Croix banana boxing factory, and have decided that a Green government will bring back the Marketing Corporation and use this to tap in to foreign markets and acquire export contracts for SVG farmers’ produce.

The banana boxing factory in La Croix, Marriaqua, will be converted in to a fully operational and modern Marketing Corporation, to create diverse streams of income for farmers and boost the rural economy.

The ULP regime’s 14 years in office has been an economic disaster. They have thrown away about $800 million dollars on an airport for rich foreigners and let our country fall to ruin. The agricultural industry has been decimated and SVG is swamped with high poverty, high unemployment, high crime and there is little money circulating in our weak economy.

Since 2001, ULP regime incompetence has been a major reason for the demise of the SVG agricultural sector. Surely now, for the sake of SVG farmers and their families, it is time for the ULP regime to step aside. They do not have the ability to do the job. They have failed farmers.

Vote Green Party to rejuvenate the SVG agricultural industry with new foreign markets via a revived Marketing Corporation.

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