Cocoa sector loses RD$200 million after the passage of Fiona

For the Dominican cocoa sector, the losses of its production have been devastating due to the rains generated by Hurricane Fiona in its wake.

The effects of this cyclone damaged 40 thousand quintals of cocoa storedwhose value exceeds RD$200 millionso reported to Daily Listinthe Block of Associations of Cocoa Producers number 3, affiliated to the National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa (Conacado).

The union spokesman, Bernardo Jiménez, andHe said that the atmospheric phenomenon destroyed their drying facilities, and affected more than 4,000 small, medium and large farms in the provinces of Hato Mayor and El Seibo, for which they ask the authorities to come to their aid.

Jiménez said that the cocoa that was ruined was going to be exported but, it was lost when it caught mold and moisture.

The representative of the sector indicated that what is required to be done at this time is to declare a state of Emergency, the production of cocoa in The Seibo, Hato Mayor and Higuey

Jiménez explained that El Seibo is the second largest cocoa-producing province in the country and the first in the eastern region, which is why it represents a key prop in the economic dynamics of the area.

He added that, in the case of producers of Miches that belong to this locality, Fiona caused damage to more than one 80% in the plantations.

Entities related to cocoa production that have more than 2,000 producers of various categories are waiting for official help, in the face of the unforeseen.

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