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High market prices of garlic in the Dominican Republic

Dominican seasoning gets its kick from plenty of garlic, but cooks may need to cut down on the use of garlic because of the high market prices. A lull in local production is blamed for the present very high cost of garlic.

Garlic is selling in supermarkets for around RD$250 the pound up from previous highs of around RD$80 the pound. But worse than the high cost, is the quality of the product that is showing up in supermarkets. Cooks are complaining that the garlic that is imported to compensate for the lull in local production, is of poor quality. Listin Diario reports on what it calls “agriculture gold.”

Osmar Benítez, president of the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) says that in 2016 the production of garlic in the country was under 4,000 tareas (1 tarea = 629 square meters), most produced in the mountain valley of Constanza. He said the lull is due to a particular decision by producers not to plant or harvest. Benítez denied that the highs in the price of garlic are due to the prices of the import licenses, as some sectors have said. He says the country imports around 100,000 quintals of garlic a year. He said the country could produce the garlic because there is a captive local market.

Source: DR1. Listindiario

July 4, 2017

Category: DR News |

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