Santo Domingo.- Rice growers are ready to hit the street to protest, if the government allows imports of the grain beyond the 400 million pounds agreed within the DR-CAFTA trade deal.
National rice growers association (Fenarroz) president César Espaillat made by the announcement and said the country’s 30,000 rice farmers are ready to stage pickets, marches and other activities together with their families.
He said there are more than 400,000,000 pounds stored according to an inventory tallied on Jan. 9, adding that the rice harvest starts mid-March for crops from nearly 330,000 hectares.
Espaillat said rice consumption is around 90 million pounds monthly. He noted that Agriculture minister Angel Estevez is aware of the details of that inventory.
The agro leader said Fenarroz has asked Estevez to convene the National Rice Commission to address the alleged imports of rice and other key issues for growers.