Banana crops damaged by intense rains
Simeón Ramírez, president of the Dominican Banana Association (Adobanano), estimates billions in banana harvest losses due to the recent rains falling in the north, as reported in Diario Libre. He said that northwestern farms have lost more than RD$2.1 billion due to damaged crops. He said the northwestern exporters will not be able to supply 25% of their export orders. He explained around 380,000 boxes of bananas are exported every week and the rains have caused a drop of at least 90,000 boxes per week or around US$50 million in revenues.
The banana producers want the government to set up a special relief fund of RD$1 billion at five-year term, with a one-year grace period.
Hecmilio Galván, executive director of the National Confederation of Agropecuarian Producers (Confenagro) confirmed the damages. He said that the most affected crops are bananas, plantains and fruits. Many cattle ranching access roads have been damaged.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Nov 26, 2016
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