Bean farmers from San Juan estimate losses at RD$600 million
SANTO DOMINGO. Farming leaders from the San Juan Valley called yesterday on President Medina to come to the assistance of some 20,000 bean farmers that are on the edge of bankruptcy due to the massive imports of the legume while the national harvest is coming in.
“We are coming at this time to the end of the recollection process of the winter bean crop, and we have not been able to sell our production in the national commercial networks because of the import of beans that are produced in another country, subsidized with low interest loans, that are competing unfairly with the national production,” said the president of the Unitary Farm Committee of San Juan (CAU) Manuel Matos.
The CAU president spoke during a press conference carried out at the Dominican Agro-business Board (JAD) accompanied by several farm leaders, where he said that for this harvest the San Juan farmers would be losing between RD$600 and RD$700 million of an investment of RD$1.2 billion.
He said that the biggest warehouses are full of imported beans, with permits issued by the Ministry of Agriculture.
He said that with this move, the Ministry of Agriculture is torpedoing the opportunity for the Dominican Republic to continue harvesting this legume, which, according to what he said, benefits the whole population.
“We expect from the President of the Republic that this problem will be regulated, and that it will not be possible for three or four importers that have become a cartel that has their office, practically, in the Ministry of Agriculture, do not continue to play with the future of tens of thousands of farmers from San Juan and other Dominicans that in other regions of the country also harvest this legume,” he said.
At the same time, the president of the JAD, Cesar Paniagua, issued a call to President Medina to intervene in the solution to the problem that could lead thousands of farmers to bankruptcy.
Besides greater control on the imports, the farm leaders requested that the Minister of Agriculture pay some RD$90 million that the ministry owes tractor and machinery owners, so that they can also honor their commitments to pay suppliers and avoid having to return the equipment.
Petitions to President Medina
The farming leaders are also asking President Danilo Medina “to activate Decree 256 from 1998 which establishes the national legume commission and that he revoke Decree 205 of 2010 which gives 80% of the imports to the so-called traditional importers that have become a real cartel against the national production and we call upon the President of the Republic to install at least 100,000 tareas of pressurized irrigation in San Juan de la Maguana.”
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