Agricultural diversification has been promulgated by planners to allow the farmer to spread his risk and to increase the foreign exchange earnings of the country. But it has become evident that the mere addition of other crops will not allow either of these two objectives to be met due to the decline in that sector. The decline is bccause some of the crops have attained their maximum growth. Profits to be derived is dwindling with a resultant reduction in the production base and, coupled with low productivity, the income to be derived is even lower. Both traditional and nontraditional export crops are similarly affected. Whereas some of the new crops are still in their growth phase, there is a narrow production base and limited market access. The paper seeks to analyze the diversification thrust in Dominica and offers alternatives for a successful program.


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