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A new program to enhance Dominican fruit and vegetable exports

The Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) together with the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) announced on 17 October 2017 the launching in the Dominican Republic of the international program called “Fit for Market” that is focused on producing sustainable and competitive farm production. The program seeks to help producers access not only the local markets but also regional and international markets by producing clean, sustainable and healthy products.

The Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) is a civil society organization established to support the development of a sustainable competitive agriculture and agribusiness. COLEACP countries are implementing the Fit for Market Program. The specific objectives are to assist smallholder farmers, producer groups, farmer organizations, and small and medium enterprises (SME), to access international and domestic fruit and vegetable markets by complying with the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards and market requirements, in a sustainable framework.

The project is the result of cooperation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and will last for five years. The project has a budget of €25 million.

Osmar Benitez, the executive president of the JAD, noted that the JAD Board is always on the lookout for new projects and programs that can be brought to the country to favor local farmers. Benitez issued an invitation to farmers of fruits and vegetables interested in this program to get in touch with the JAD.

He also said that the program would be used to back farmers planting garlic in Cosntanza. He said that the country consumes 180,000 to 200,000 quintals of garlic a year and only produced 18,000 quintals last year, for around 10% of the demand. He has expectations the Fit for Market program can help reduce garlic imports.

The Fit for Market program includes training sessions, certification programs, small producers support, programs for local support for farmers and technician visits among other things. Sustainable production is the principal focus of this program in an effort to increase production at the same time that the environmental impact is decreased.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 19, 2017

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