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New reforestry programs for the south

The Presidency announced new forestry programs in the southwest. President Danilo Medina, in a visit to the southwest on Sunday, 22 January 2017, described the destruction of the forests in mountainous woodland areas as “terrible” and has said this practice cannot continue. President Medina on Sunday visited the mountain communities of Los Fríos and Los Montancitos that border with Azua, San Juan and La Vega provinces where he spoke with farmers about the new forestry programs. The forestation and farming projects are intended to protect the basins of the Palomino and Sabana Yegua dams.

Medina announced these include projects to plant lumber-producing trees and fruit trees in 100,000 tareas (1 tarea = 629 square meters) in the mountainous areas for commercial exploitation. He said the projects will provide jobs to local farmers so these can put a stop to unsustainable farming practices. Medina said that once the projects are underway anyone known to cut a tree would go to jail.

During the Sunday visit, Medina was accompanied by Agriculture Minister Angel Estévez, Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito and Administrative Minister José Ramón Peralta.

Source: DR1, ELcaribe

Jan 24, 2017

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