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Coffee crop in crisis

Dominican Coffee Growers’ Confederation (Concafed) president Ricardo Lespin is warning that the coffee plantations in the country are about to disappear due to a lack of support from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Lespin said that many of the country’s coffee plantations are still being planted with the old varieties of coffee known as Typica and Caturra, which are very susceptible to the coffee blight.

He said that as a consequence of the lack of government support over the last five years the country’s coffee growers have lost more than RD$2 billion as they produced 200,000 quintals in 2011-2012 and less than 1,500 quintals in 2014-2015 due to the problems.

He added that he has explained the problems to the Minister of Agriculture, Angel Estevez but so far nothing has been done. He also recalled that in 2013, President Danilo Medina said that he was very supportive of the coffee growers but his words have fallen on deaf ears due to the disputes between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Dominican Coffee Board.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Sep 2, 2015

Category: DR News |

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