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Dominican Republic coffee growers get help to export

Sabaneta, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina pledged official aid on Sunday to coffee producers in this community of San Jose de las Matas (north-central) through loans to build a packing plant, storage and working capital, so they can increase, diversify and ship their production to foreign markets.

In one of his traditional surprise visits to far-off communities, the head of state said beneficiaries must honor their commitments, because “we have to render accounts to the country on February 27. Government funds should be managed with transparency and I didn’t come here to enrich anyone because that’s not my way, with that value added to their products, their pockets will be filled.”

He said the money the government provides will increase and diversify production, which in his view, guarantees help to other sectors which also need official help.

In Sabaneta’s case, Medina said he asked producer associations to increase the number of stakeholders and to involve local women in production.

Medina, accompanied by Administrative minister José Ramón Peralta, Agro Bank administrator Angel Estevez, and Agricultural Development Fund (FEDA) director Antonio López, pledged the financing that Sabaneta farmers require to build storage and once its feasibility is proven, will provide credit to install machinery to ship packed coffee to markets abroad.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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Last updated March 23, 2017 at 9:28 PM
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