Portsmouth to have 2000-ton processing coffee plant by end of 2023, claims Agriculture minister Royer
Portsmouth to have 2000-ton processing coffee plant by end of 2023, claims Agriculture minister Royer || Picture Courtesy: Government of Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced that One Mile, Portsmouth, will have a coffee plant. The Minister of Agriculture of Dominica, Royland Royer, will be running by the end of the year.

On January 30, 2023 (Monday), Royer stated that the government of Dominica had faced various challenges which were beyond the control and imagination of the authority. “We are looking forward and are confident that the coffee plant will be fully functional by the end of 2023,” the minister outlined.

He furthermore explained that the authorities are in full control of the assets and shares of VENEDOM, a coffee company and the Venezuela Government, providing a loan of $10 million for the construction of the plant. Royer also revealed that the government would also provide a grant of $1.4 million to the government of Dominica for the repairs and renovation of the facility.

The minister outlined, “As we speak, the equipment for the plant is already packaged and ready to be shipped to Dominica, which we expect to arrive soon. They are also going to provide some technical support for the training of young persons and technical staff for the plant so that we can have a fully functional coffee plant.”

It was also revealed that the coffee plant would have a processing capacity of up to 2000 tons of coffee beans per year. The government of Dominica has been anticipating that this new project will help the people of Dominica by boosting local production and creating new jobs.

It isn’t the first time that the government has taken such a step for the betterment of the country and its people. The authorities of the nation have been working days and nights for the development; it has been providing climate-resilient houses, hospitals, schools and other infrastructures. Along with this, the government has also been finding ways to provide employment for the people of Dominica.