With the last harvest of the year, the Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, made the country achieve self-sufficiency in rice cultivation after exceeding 13 million quintals, so it will not be necessary to import the cereal, reported the Minister of the Limber Cruz entity.

The economic and technological support to the rice sector provided by the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, made it possible to increase the yield of the harvest by 20%, thereby guaranteeing supply and price stability.

The Minister of Agriculture pointed out that the success of the cereal harvest was due to the development of varieties that can produce more with less investment, such as the Juma 69-20, which constituted 60% of the national production and achieved a yield of 20 %.

“From the Bio-Rice laboratory we are doing trials with another variety, the Juma 70-22, with which we will be able to say goodbye to imports. We have a supply of more than 13 million quintals and thanks to this super production we do not have to import a single grain of rice, “said Cruz.

Other enforcement

Together with President Abinader, Minister Cruz led a lunch with authorities from the agricultural sector of the Monseñor Nouel province, coffee, cocoa and cattle producers, where he presented the actions carried out in favor of the country’s food security.

The Minister of Agriculture said that the government allocated more than 558 million euros at a zero and preferential rate through the Agricultural Bank to promote agriculture in the area.

Regarding free preparation of land for the cultivation of items such as hybrid corn, pigeon peas, peppers, lettuce, aubergines, cucumbers, squash, bananas and beans, 70 thousand tasks were intervened for the benefit of a thousand farmers.

Also, of about 200 kilometers of local roads, the entity repaired about 25 and the expansion of seven kilometers of irrigation canals with the support of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (Indrhi).

Likewise, some 2,800 quintals of fertilizers and 800 liters of fungicides were donated to 337 coffee producers; as well as 378,000 seedlings delivered. To promote cocoa cultivation, 190,000 seedlings and 168 quintals of fertilizers were provided to 84 beneficiary farmers.

Present at the activity were the administrator of Banco Agrícola, Fernando Durán; the directors of the Inespre, Ivan Hernández and Francisco Guillermo García of the IAD, respectively. Also, Olmedo Caba, director of Indrhi and Efraín Toribio, of Feda, as well as representatives of the productive sector and provincial authorities.

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