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In the recently national budget address Prime Minister Skerrit highlighted the agricultural sector and how it offers a means to foster economic growth. He continued to underscore the many ventures of the government within this sector.

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) administration over the years has invested heavily in fishing, horticulture, livestock, fruit and vegetables among many other areas in the agricultural sector.

An agreement was recently concluded with the government of Japan for the construction of a fisheries complex in Portsmouth costing approximately US$7.5.

PM Skerrit believes that efforts within the agriculture sector have resulted in significant economic growth. But there are still some people who thinks that there should be more incentives for farmers and fishermen in the sector in other for agriculture to have any significant impact on the Dominican economy.

What about you? Do you think agriculture sector have resulted in significant economic growth in Dominica?

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Editor’s note: This article was written by Wilbert Connor from Dominicacentral.com:

Many Dominicans will remember the Mamo Declaration of 1999/2000. The Late Dame then said that “the UWP should be removed at any cost” at the 2000 general election.

The machinations put in place resulted in the Dominica Labour Party and the Dominica Freedom Party forming a coalition as joint forces against the United Workers Party. The governance of the UWP was short-lived, and they were out on January 31st 2000!

It is generally agreed therefore that former DFP supporters and independent voters formed a significant portion for the total number of votes for the DLP in 2000 and 2005.

For a historical background let us go back to 1980. When the DFP won in 1980, there was no other direction Dominica could have gone but up! The country had suffered years of loss, its economy in dismay after the ravages of Hurricane David in 1979. Also, there was political turmoil that had to be overcome. The DFP rode highly at an opportune time in this small island state’s history.

In 1995, there was the culmination of another cyclical downturn in the political and economic life of the country and the UWP took charge. In 1980 it was natural and man-made disaster. In 1995 it was economic and to a lesser extent political. In 2000 it was evidently political. It was a kind of neo-colonial philosophy manifesting itself then. It seemed that the few who owned most in the country wanted to have their say, and they did through their financial contributions. But they still could not do it on their own.

The defunct DFP that had died in 1995 became forceful again, not from the front but from the back, not pulling but pushing. The DLP could not win the general election on its own. The term coalition became commonplace, likewise the expression marriage of convenience.
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Given the present state of the Dominican economy, the high levels of unemployment especially among the youth, and the debilitating rate of migration, one would think that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to find it difficult to convince voters that it deserves another term in office.

But when you consider the possible dept and weight of the DLP campaign purse, the predictability of the next general election becomes even darker as the 2010 elections draws nearer.

To quote Orson Scott Card:

“If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter home much slaughtering he did on the side.”

Money can have such a significant influence on the outcome of any election, I sometimes wonder why the Electoral Commission and the opposition in particular, have not address this growing issue.

Nevertheless, the issue of campaign financing is as important as voters identification and cleaning of the voters list before the next general election is held. But in our permissive society most people don’t see anything wrong with accepting political contributions, even though these funds are donated by drug dealers and criminals.

Then again, who I’m fooling – politics on a whole is unethical.

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