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Nearly 800,000 tareas damaged by Irma and Maria

The government has announced that it will mobilize resources to assist the more than 6000 farmers who were affected by the floodwaters produced by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The floods affected different crops according to the Minister of Agriculture, Angel Estevez, as he left the meeting President Danilo Medina in the Presidential Palace. He told reporters from the Diario Libre that the authorities with the support of the central government will carry out real solutions to the small medium and large farmers affected by these two natural events. He told the reporters that 790,781 tareas had been significantly affected and that 213,646 tareas were severely damaged, which meant that the national farm area saw 10% of its lands impacted by the storms.

The meeting was also attended by Osmar Benitez, the executive President of the Dominican Agro-business Board who represented the private sector. The head of the Dominican Banana Producers Association, Luis Bonilla, told the meeting that banana producers lost 140,000 tareas particularly in the area of Mao and Montecristi. He explained just how this cropland was damaged saying: “Irma’s strong winds knocked down about 80,000 tareas of crops, followed by three days of heavy rains throughout the region and when Maria arrived with even more water it found that the soils was saturated, and then came the floods.

Bonilla said that he estimated losses in his sector to be between RD$2 and RD$2.5 billion and he noted that only 30% of the farms were insured. The farmers are requesting the government provide low interest loans to restore their farms.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 5, 2017

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