Bananas affected by Erika
The export of bananas grown in the northwest is down 40,000 to 50,000 cases of bananas a week due to the damage caused by wind gusts from Tropical Storm Erika, which badly affected around 315,000 tareas (around 50,000 acres) in banana plantations.
According to Elnio Duran and Simeon Ramirez, president and vice president of the Dominican Banana Growers Association (ADOBANANO) the losses could total more than RD$300 million but they have not yet been accurately calculated.
Ramirez said that 120,000 banana as well as plantain plants were destroyed in the area between Guayubin, Villa Vasquez and Montecristi. He called on the Ministry of Agriculture to help all of those affected, an estimated 100,000 people.
In La Cruz de Manzanillo project alone around 30% of the banana plants were destroyed with a loss of RD$50 million. In this area there are dozens of private banana farms with more than 80% of the workers coming from Haiti.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Sep 2, 2015
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