Valle Nuevo is closed
Following the end of the allotted time period, the Ministry of the Environment has begun to execute the dismantling of all farm installations in the Valle Nuevo National Park.
The dismantling operation began with a strawberry farm located at Rancho al Medio, Valle Nuevo where staff from the Ministry of Environment accompanied by military removed all of the plastic coverings, pipes and irrigation hoses.
The Ministry of Environment has said that the dismantling process will be rolled out gradually, starting with the biggest parcels of land. The Ministry has said it will allow crops to be harvested, but the fields must not be replanted afterwards.
The Ministry said that Haitian laborers are not being allowed to enter the protected area, nor seeds or fertilizers for farming were allowed in. It was announced that undocumented Haitians located in the area would be deported.
Dozens of local farmers from El Convento, El Castillo, La Siberia, Pinar Parejo and Pinalito have asked for the intervention of President Danilo Medina, insisting that they have farmed in the area for over 40 years.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Feb 2, 2017
Category: DR News |