Gravel extraction suspended, food prices up for drought
The extraction of construction gravel from rivers is suspended, announced Environment Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez on 11 August 2015. He said the measure is to protect the environment and natural resources. The illegal and legal extraction of construction gravel from rivers is said to be one of the main causes of the drying up of important rivers in the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile, the media is reporting that fresh produce prices are rising due to the scarcities caused by the long drought affecting the Dominican Republic. Luis Bonilla, a producer of plantains and bananas in the northwest of the country told El Dia that production of plantains is down 40%, bananas 20% and rice 30% due to the drought.
Source: DR1, Eldia
August 12, 2015
Category: DR News |