Rains affected 30% of banana crop
The Dominican Republic lost 30% of its exportable banana crop to the flooding and heavy rains that fell in October and November 2016 in the northern plantain and banana-producing region, according to preliminary reports from exporters.
The executive vice president of the Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adobanano), Darío Vargas, said that the flooding had devastated banana plantations in the Yaque del Norte River basin, as reported in Acento. The worst affected farms were south of Villa González, with a high concentration in La Colonia, Cerro Gordo and Piloto in Mao, as well as Hatillo Palma in Montecristi and Palo Verde in La Castañuela. These areas are planted with organic bananas, one of the country’s top 10 cash crops. Most are exported to Europe. Losses are estimated at US$1.6 million.
Source: DR1, Acento
Dec 27, 2016
Category: DR News |