The Commonwealth of Dominica is a mountainous island country mainly engaged in agriculture. However, the country used to plant only bananas and taros so that its agricultural production technique was backward and vegetables were mainly imported.
In 2005, the Chinese government implemented an agricultural technique assistance project in Dominica and sent agricultural experts to instruct local farmers on how to plant vegetables and breed new varieties to increase output and income.
With the instruction of the Chinese agricultural experts, Rosemary became a famous local broccoli planter.
She and local farmers are able to harvest broccoli five times every year, which ended Dominica's history of importing broccoli and dropped its market price from 14 East Caribbean dollars per pound to eight. Broccoli became a daily food of Dominican people.
With the help of Chinese experts, radishes, colored peppers, Hami melons and papaya are now widely planted in the country, greatly enriching local people's recipes and welfare.
In September 2017, Dominica was devastatingly hit by Hurricane Maria. To solve the problem of schools' agricultural classes having no place to meet after the storm, the Chinese agricultural expert team jointly built agricultural practice bases with many schools, giving more than 2,100 instructions to teachers and students and raising young people's awareness of traditional agriculture. The "seed" of Sino-Dominican friendship has been “sown” in the hearts of Dominica's young people, and hopefully the two countries will further enhance their friendship.