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DAJABÓN, Dominican Republic - In a joint investment project the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed RD$2.4 million to support the Sustainable Agriculture Center (CEPAS) and the Santa Cruz Agro-forestry Producers Association to conduct the project “Implementation of artisan furnaces and treatment reservoirs for forest products in Dominican Republic’s North border communities.”

The initiative will allow the organized farmers in the area of Loma de Cabrera to obtain higher income, improve their standard of living and to add value to their forest products.

As part of the project two artisan furnaces to dry, and four tubs to cure wood were made operational, and which will allow the Producers Association to obtain more income from the sale of wood.

“This project is an important contribution to implement a management model that will allow farmers of the zone to obtain more income and therefore improve their standard of living by adding value to the forest products,” said USAID Economic Policies Coordinator Luis González.

Recently the Association was incorporated to the Santiago Furniture Cluster, which will help it offer the wood to a larger market.

Moreover as part of the project 15 beneficiaries were trained in wood manufacturing and marketing, on the use of the artisan furnaces and the wood treatment tubs, and all partners were trained in sustainable forest management.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Sep 2010 10:17 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
If you burn the forest ......we will whack your pee pee
Written by: xwill7, 8 Sep 2010 11:08 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
mamajuana wood is great
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 8 Sep 2010 11:51 AM
From: United States
Why is PLD not doing this. Why must the US always help corrupt societies like theDR.
Written by: WalterPolo, 8 Sep 2010 12:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Don't you worry, Jim.

The minute the USAID guys are gone, they're back into the charcoal business.

Do-gooders are only useful when present. I've seen a number of NGO projects cannibalized after the Gringos are gone. Good examples: internet centers without computers, customer service nor money in the bank. Also: hectares of aloe vera left to rot on the field, because somebody stole the money to pay the workers.

E'te pais, no hay quien lo arregle.
Written by: Atabey, 8 Sep 2010 3:22 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
The answer may lie in Charter Cities. Both DR and certainly Haiti should consider the concept of Charter Cities. It's application couldn't produce worse results than what's already happened in both States, especially in Haiti's case.
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