Plantains lead to high level of exports
According to the chief executive of the Dominican Agribusiness Board, Osmar Benítez, the Dominican Republic’s plantain sector contributes more than RD$14 billion per year to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is one of the products that most promotes the economy’s development.
Benítez said that Dominicans consume 200 million plantains each month, around 2,400 million plantains per year. Producing this requires 44,016 hectares.
He also stated that the country exported plantains worth US$5 billion to international markets. Of this the country exports around RD$200 million of plantain to the United States, Haiti, St. Martin and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Benítez was speaking at a field day in a non-traditional plantain trial farm, located in Canela, which was attended by producers from different parts of the country and leaders of organizations linked to agriculture. At the event, he highlighted the importance of production based on good market planning.
Benítez said the country has more than 44,016 hectares of plantains and they are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Espaillat, La Vega, Hermanas Mirabal, Sanchez Ramirez, Santiago, Valverde, Barahona and Montecristi.
Source: DR1, FreshPlaza
Mar 16, 2017
Category: DR News |