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Help of RD$2 billion for the Association of Coffee Producers

On Sunday, 30 April 2017, President Danilo Medina announced an investment of RD$2 billion for the Association of Coffee Producers Project that works with growers in the communities of Polo, Paraíso and Enriquillo in southwestern Barahona.

In his usual Sunday visit, Medina said this investment would benefit 1,800 coffee growers or around 7,200 when the families of the beneficiaries are included. He said that the financing will be expanded to include another 2,000 tareas (1 tarea = 629 square meters). Medina mentioned that the additional financial resources (in a form of a loan) may be provided by the International Development Bank (IDB).  But if IDB does not approve the loan package, the Dominican government would find another way to fund the project.

He also announced that the government would work with local communities to reforest lands near the source of the Nizaito River. The government will establish six nurseries to produce plants that will be used in the reforestation project. President Medina instructed the planting of 8,000 tareas with native species of cedar, oak, mahogany, almond, palm heart and silky oak.

The coffee project includes the planting of 54,000 tareas of coffee varieties that are resistant to coffee blight. The project plans to train farmers in new coffee production techniques. Finally, President Medina promised to order the repair of 70 km of secondary roads in the region.

The President was accompanied by Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ramón Peralta; Agriculture Minister Ángel Estévez; Environment Minister, Francisco Domínguez Brito, among others.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 2, 2017

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