“If there is coffee in the heights, there will be water in the plains” producers ask for help on Coffee Day

Coffee Day finds us in the same conditions as previous years or worse, due to the constant promises of support for renewal, development and marketing programs and the systematic non-compliance with these by the Dominican state and its institutions.

To this is added, according to the producers, the dispersion of resources in multiple institutions, programs and projects, while the Dominican Coffee Institute (Indocafe) lacks the resources to make the necessary investments for the recovery of the sector.

Dominican coffee farming is in clear decline if one takes into account the abandonment of coffee farms, the change of crops to other more profitable ones in the short term, especially short-cycle crops and livestock, to the detriment of the environment and the main basins. river basins of the country, Yaque del Norte, Yaque del Sur and Cuenca Nizao, which are supported by the coffee forest for water preservation.

Similarly, more than 30,000 families that depend directly on the coffee industry, which are headed towards their disappearance due to lack of investment, lack of planning and state support, and the merciless attack of the Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix), a disease which since 2011 has devastated the country’s traditional coffee plantations and some of those introduced in the last five years, without a clear solution being seen.

Ricardo Lespín de la Cruz, president of the Dominican Coffee Confederation (Concafed), made the complaint by participating with producers, coffee leaders, directors and ministers of state entities and journalists, in the celebration of National Coffee Day held at the Association of Coffee Growers United for Progress, Inc. (Asocaupro) of Los Montones, San José de las Matas, Santiago, previously two regional meetings of coffee leaders were held, in the north and south of the country, where the situation of the subsector was analyzed in depth coffee.

Lespín indicated that a button is enough to show, you just have to look at the mountains of San José de las Matas, which were previously populated with pine and coffee, now there are buffer zones in the hydrographic basins of the Yaque del Norte, Bao, and Bao rivers. Inoa and its tributaries. This has made the mountains more vulnerable to forest fires as seen in the recent prolonged drought that affected the country and to the scarcity of water, vital for human survival.

Ricardo Lespín calls for support to replant the former coffee-producing areas to meet national demand and export the aromatic grain to traditional markets and new market niches that know the quality of our coffee, since in the last 10 years we have went from producing 750 thousand quintals of coffee to less than 500 thousand, and to import over 400 thousand quintals, just to supply the national demand. Especially since coffee plantations are characterized by low productivity due to their age, rust and because of the little access that producers have to financing and technology.

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Coffee farming in the Dominican Republic supports more than 30,000 families and covers an estimated area of ​​1.6 million tasks, contributing to the protection of the catchment areas of the main hydrographic basins of the country, to the conservation of biodiversity, control of soil erosion, infiltration, availability and quality of water and landscape conservation. But this crisis has forced many coffee farmers to substitute coffee plantations for other crops that do not provide the environmental services and level of coverage that shade-grown coffee plantations do.

“If there is coffee in the heights, there will be water in the plains”

In the analysis that we have carried out, we consider that, currently, due to the lack of support, for each month that passes, between 15-20 coffee farms are lost, since their owners change crops and with this, trees, birds and fauna in general.

It is estimated that if the appropriate measures are not taken and a real support program for coffee-growing families is initiated, at the national level, in a period of 8-10 years, the damage to the hydrographic basins will be irreversible, which will have a negative impact on the families. that depend on coffee production, their communities, leading to increased migration and change of crops, with all that it implies in terms of loss of flow for electricity production, irrigation and aqueducts for human consumption.

Therefore, we promptly demand the definition and implementation of a program for the renewal, development and maintenance of coffee plantations with financing with subsidized interest rates, a 4-year grace period and a 7-year payment period, for the diversification of the activity. coffee plantation, making it more profitable, incentives for the entire coffee production chain through the recognition and payment of Environmental Services, the strengthening of INDOCAFE with defined resources for the necessary coffee investment and producer organizations and other actors in the chain.

ASOCAUPRO and CONCAFED congratulate the more than 30,000 families who still hope that it will rain coffee in the fields and with it, a better quality of life for producers and beneficiaries that there is coffee in the highlands.

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