Statistics on Bananas in the Dominican Republic

In 2017, 40% of the almost $200 million that the country exported went to the United Kingdom, followed by Sweden, with 16%, and Belgium, with 15% of the total.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An increase of almost 30% has been reported in the area planted with bananas in the last three years, despite the effect of the climatic phenomena in December 2016, which resulted in a 39% reduction in exports in 2017.

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Osmar Benítez, president of the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD), told that "... in the last five years, banana cultivation has experienced a quantitative and qualitative leap. The sowing areas were expanded, and there has been a process of productive reconversion in the Bajo Yaque area, on the Northwest line."

"... Benítez highlights the increase in productivity per area planted, going from less than one box per tarea (629m2) per week, to more than one, and in exceptional cases, in some farms you get between two to three and a half boxes. He explained that land that used to be planted with rice or used to raise livestock has been converted into banana plantations, while the planting area in Mao has been expanded and some areas have been incorporated in provinces that were not designated as banana traders, as is the case of Santiago and Puerto Plata, while in the South region Bahoruco and Ocoa were incorporated."

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