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Dominican Republic: Food production has been reduced by the pandemic; the sowing of some crops decreased more than 50%

The area planted with most agricultural items has been significantly reduced in the Dominican Republic in 2020 compared to 2019. This represents a threat to the food security of the Dominican population.

The products that register the most significant reduction are coconut, garlic, sorghum, and white beans, whose sowing in the January-September period of this year fell more than 40%, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture contained in an analysis prepared by the Fuerza del Pueblo (FP) party published this month.

In coconut, the area sown decreased 58.19%; that of garlic 52.47%; that of sorghum 51.21% and that of white beans 40.43%.

Grapefruit sowing was also reduced (36.90%); red beans (19.61%) and black (18.54%); guava (16.56); mango (15.40%).

The area is sown with molondrón, papaya, cauliflower, aubergine, onion, melon, and sapote, which also decreased by over 10%.

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