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Dominican Republic Records 30 Percent Increase in Organic Food Production

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From the Fresh Plaza website:

The Dominican Republic recorded in the past six years a steady 30 percent increase in the production of organic food, with which it has established itself as one of the world leaders in the marketing of these items.
 The Ministry of Agriculture expressed in a statement today that the country is the largest exporter of organic bananas towards all international markets, especially the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), who are the main buyers of the Dominican fruit.
 The minister of agriculture, Luis Ramon Rodriguez, praised the joint effort between the government and producers to improve the organization of the banana sector, especially the access to finance and the development of better agricultural practices.
 The increased production of organic items came up in a recent monitoring by the institution of agriculture, which noted that the country has 2,368,000 certified tasks producing these crops.
 Rodriguez recalled that there are 23,360 registered producers that engage in organic production, and generate over 200 million dollars in foreign exchange.
 Another important contribution of organic farming to the national economy is reflected in the savings of more than $70 million dollars that are earmarked for the purchase of chemical fertilizers, as these crops use locally produced organic fertilizers. (my emphasis)

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

2 thoughts on “Dominican Republic Records 30 Percent Increase in Organic Food Production

  1. Reblogged this on Thoughts From The Well and commented:
    Daniela at The Noah Project tracks regional cooperative-minded, humanity and earth-care minded, developments. A number of her posts present solid initiatives in organic food production. This post on organic farming success in the Dominican Republic is a reminder – here and there, more often than we realize, humanity is finding paths to wellness.

  2. Reblogged, with gratitude. Thank you Daniela.

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