San Pedro, Dominican Republic.- Just eight years after Bloomberg reported resumed fruit exports to Japan after a ban lasting nearly 80 years, the area’s industrial free zones of textiles, footwear and pharmaceuticals now has another attraction, melons.
The company Melysol, SRL, can also boast success as it joins San Pedro’s numerous agribusinesses and agro-industries, 20 years after it started growing melons.
One of the agribusienesses that took advantage of the free zones’ tax breaks, was Melysol, where its 12 hectares produce 75 tons , or around 25 tons of melons in every four hectares.
Project technician Yeurys Cuello said the company currently prepares an additional 4.5 hectares for the start of the next planting season.
Gregorio Espinal, another specialist, said the cost to produce melon is around RD$500,000 per hectare, for which Melysol hires a total of 50 workers.