Government to purchase banned produce at half price
To compensate for the losses caused by the export ban issued by the United States on several varieties of fruit and vegetables from the Dominican Republic, producers in Jarabacoa and Villa Trina have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture for selling bell peppers and hot peppers grown for export.
According to the Jarabacoa Greenhouses Cluster president, Romulo Abreu, farmers and greenhouse owners have agreed to sell the Ministry considerable volumes of produce to be used in the government’s own social programs.
The commitment was made on Monday, 13 April 2015 during a meeting with Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez. The private sector has accused the Ministry of failing to adhere to strict protocols at ports of entry, resulting in the entry of Medfly in a shipment in transit from Peru on Europe.
“We made a deal for a program where they are going to receive the ripe peppers, practically all of the crop that is ready for harvest, until the problem that caused the ban is resolved,” he said.
Abreu said the Ministry agreed to buy the first consignment of 100,000 pounds at a price of RD$15 a pound that is more or less to half of what they usually obtain when the peppers are exported. An agreement on similar terms was reached with farmers of Jamaican variety hot peppers in Villa Trina.
April 16, 2015
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