Dominican coffee may not be Dominican
That coffee you are drinking in the Dominican Republic may well be imported. The National Confederation of Dominican Coffee Producers (Concafed) said that the country has gone from being a major coffee exporter to importing 67% of its own 700,000 quintals consumption. Concafed said that the 2016-2017 harvest would be under 250,000 quintals.
Concafed blamed the situation on the failure to focus public policies on small producers. He said in the 2017 National Budget, the Dominican Coffee Council (Codocafe) was only assigned RD$283 million of which 97% will go to current spending.
He said this leaves the entity without the capacity to define policies that can benefit more than 30,000 producers whose farms have been devastated by the coffee rust disease and need to be recovered.
The remarks will made in a press conference called on Tuesday, 12 December 2016, with the representation from the Federación de Caficultores de la Región Sur (Fedecares), Federación de Caficultores de San Juan (FecadesiJ), Unión de Asociaciones Caficultores del Norte (Unacafen), Asociación de Caficultores de Villa Trina, Articulación Nacional Campesina (ANC) and the Instituto de Desarrollo de la Economía Asociativa (IDEAC).
The producers say that the situation is worse because the government allows the dominant company to monopolize and control more than 90% of the national coffee market and is in a position to define prices, volumes, quality and even the coffee policies according to its own business interests, in violation of Codocafe Law 79-00.
The coffee producers blamed this monopoly situation and the poor national coffee policies, including the lack of funding to Codocafe for research.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Dec 17, 2016
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