Coffee and cocoa producers of Puerto Plata request government aid for damages caused by rain
PUERTO PLATA .- The latest rains in the entire province of Puerto Plata have caused great damage to the production of cocoa and coffee, according to farmers in the municipalities of Altamira, Villa Isabela, Guananico, and Los Hidalgos (El Mamey).
Commenting on this problem, Mr. Antonio Paulino, who is the president of the company “Fio Café”, explained that due to the heavy rains, the coffee and cocoa producers now have losses in millions, which also adds considerable damages to the cocoa plantations and the destruction of the neighboring roads.
Paulino said that excessive rainfall affects the growth and vegetative and productive development of the coffee plant, in addition the over-saturation of the soil associated with high rainfall or a large number of rainy days, limits the development of the radical system, resulting in a plant with symptoms of nutritional deficiencies, defoliation, in addition to low production and poor quality of the fruits.
He points out that a similar situation presents with the cocoa plantations as the excess of humidity subjects these plants to extreme conditions that decimate their productivity and the intense rains destroyed the great majority of the neighbor roads in different communities where coffee and cocoa is produced in Altamira and other localities in the western part of Puerto Plata, where the terrestrial communication routes are an absolute disaster.
Faced with this situation, the coffee farmers and cocoa farmers called for the prompt intervention of government authorities and the leadership of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), as they consider the situation as critical.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
Jan 27, 2017
Category: DR News |