The Cocoa Business in the Dominican Republic

Between 2016 and 2017, cocoa exports plummeted by 41%, going from $227 million to $134 million, a reduction largely explained by weather conditions.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

According to representatives from the sector, in order to boost the crop in the country investment needs to be made in replacing plantations, as the performance currently recorded shows far from ideal figures.

In this regard, Juan Cuello, executive secretary of the National Cocoa Commission, explained to Eldinero.com.do that " ... The Dominican Republic must strengthen the plantation replacement program, since the existing ones are suffering from very low yields ... "Most of the cocoa plantations in the country offer a yield of 70 pounds per tarea, when the ideal is that it averages 200 pounds.'"

According to the article " ... From 2013 to 2017, raw cocoa accounted for 94.91% (US $1.2268 billion) of the currencies generated by cocoa, while roasting reached only US $2.8 million, for 0.21% of the US $1.29248 billion raised in the period."

In relation to the climate effects, Eldinero.com.do reports that " ...The cacao farmers affirm that in 2017 production had a significant decrease, due to damage caused by the natural phenomena Irma and María."

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