Santo Domingo.- The partial lifting of the nine months long ban that halted access to its main market has buoyed domestic producers’ future prospects, as containers full of fruits and vegetables again head to the US.
Agriculture minister Angel Estevez said export avocados, peppers and other affected products resumed as soon as the US authorities lifted the ban on 7 January, which had been placed on concerns over the medfly in 23 of the country’s 32 provinces.
"One exporter said 26 containers have been shipped just to Puerto Rico," Estevez said.
He said the problem with exporting now is the lack of supply to meet the demand for those agro products, which had skyrocketed since the US imposed a similar ban on Spanish peppers last month.
"Demand is so great that they lack the capacity to supply it, because the same ban they applied to us was also imposed on Spain and are now demanding all the peppers, tomatoes, avocados from the Dominican Republic,” the official said.