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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.

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Written by: bernies, 3 Feb 2016 4:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
That is some excellent news for those people that live of farming the land something that our current president has invested a lot of time and money to make these people proud and worth of their work. Let's hope that they can lift entirely the band on all fruits and vegetables that were being exported to the USA already. We need to export more and receive less tourists because with the export more people benefits from it than from the tourists that comes in. The majority of the money the tourist expend here or invest to come here it stays in a minimum group of people while the agriculture ones is expend all over the country.
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