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US supermarkets want Dominican produce back

The National Supermarket Association, which is made up small Dominican-owned supermarkets in the United States, is calling on US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to restore the flow of fresh Dominican produce exports to the United States. Following the detection of Medfly in Punta Cana, exports of several leading products, including bell peppers, avocados and tomatoes were banned. In a letter sent to Vilsack, copied to the administrator of APHIS, Kelvin Shea, the president of the NSA board of directors Rodolfo Fuertes appeals to the great urgency of restoring the imports.

“Please be aware that our customers demand Dominican products (such as avocados, mangos, oranges, lemons, zapote, papaya, tomatoes and peppers) and are constantly asking us not to replace them with other products from anywhere other than the Dominican Republic,” said Fuertes in the NSA letter to the US authorities.

Osmar Benitez of the Agribusiness Board (JAD) says that current losses are at US$4 million in exports, but if the ban continues through October, this year’s losses could reach US$62 million in fresh product exports.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

April 20, 2015

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