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Medina announces RD$300M project to reforest with coffee

Guayubín, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina on Sunday made a surprise visit to coffee producers at Loma de Soliman, in Guayubín, Montecristi (northwest), whose plantations were decimated by blights and drought.

Growers associations of Guayubín requested a loan to replant more than 300 hectares with coffee resistant to pests, after plantations at Loma de Soliman were devastated by rust and other diseases, in addition to the months-long drought that cut production from nearly 1,000 tons to just less than 100.

Prior to Medina’s visit, farmers had asked the Government’s agro development fund (FEDA) financing to replant the lands affected and also to buy machinery and to support a project to produce organic fertilizer, to recoup losses and improve income.

After hearing the producers, Medina ordered a redesign of the project that would cost around RD$300 million.

“The government will assume the reforestation of as much land as possible,” said Medina, who announced construction of a nursery for seedlings of coffee plants that resist diseases.

Source: DT

July 25, 2016

Category: DR News |

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