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R. Dominican aims to bring products to supermarkets of compatriots in the U.S.

February 21, 2014 12:21 pm

Santo Domingo, Feb 21 (Entravision) .- The Government of the Dominican Republic announced today its intention to establish a chain of distribution to supply agricultural products in the country to near 14,000 supermarkets of Dominicans in the United States.

“We are negotiating with North American importers to establish a chain of distribution of agricultural production of domestic production to meet the needs of those 14,000 supermarkets whose owners are Dominicans”, said the minister of Agriculture, Luis Ramon Rodriguez, in a statement.

For this reason, “we need to increase and diversify production to meet the demand of permanently as they require,” he added.

Rodriguez continued today the process of dialog with producers in the country to strengthen the Government’s strategy that seeks to diversify production and respond to the change of habit of consumption that is recorded in the Dominican community in the United States.

The holder of Agriculture made a visit to the community of herbalism (province of Vega, in the center of the country), where he met with the leaders of the Cooperative of Fruits, Vegetables and Food vegans (Coopevive).

He indicated that producers, in addition to the traditional items such as cassava, yams, and others, must diversify their crops with others who are able to industrialize and export to international markets.

The minister reminded those present that in the United States there are more than 14,000 supermarkets owners of Dominicans, who represent a great potential for commercialization of the products of the country.

The officer called to the producers of the herbs and other Dominican communities to diversify and industrialize the production of cassava, bananas, yams, and other items such as way to improve profitability in the sector.