Two weeks of downpours secure abundant yearend harvests
Santo Domingo.- The downpours of the past two weeks guarantee abundant harvests at year’s end, even in places such as Puerto Plata and along the coast to Montecristi, where it hasn’t rained much during three years, said Dominican Agribusiness Board CEO Osmar Benitez on Monday. He said although the rains have caused damage, particularly to infrastructure projects in mountainous areas and valleys, they’ve ended years of drought which had significantly declined crops. The expert forecasts that with reduced rainfall from now on, massive planting of various crops, an abundant harvest will start at the end of the year. He said all of the country’s reservoirs are full, including the biggest of its 34 dams: Tavera, Valdesia, Jiguey-Aguacate, Sabaneta, Sabana Yegua, Monción, Rincón and Hatillo. Quoted by elnacional.com.do, Benitez said the benefit of the rains, aside from guaranteeing piped water to households and agro production, also increase hydroelectric generation significantly, with a decrease in costs. He said the rains also benefit livestock by contributing to produce fodder of higher quality and quantity.
May 9, 2016
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