Dominican cocoa sector generates more than 300,000 jobs

The Dominican Republic exports about 80,000 tons of cocoa each year and generates more than 300,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the commercial manager of the National Confederation of Dominican Cacao Farmers (Conacado), Abel Fernández.

He explained that there are 42,750 cocoa producers in the country, but unfortunately in recent years productivity has been stagnant in the cocoa sector in the Dominican Republic.

“We are not sure if this (low productivity) has to do with climate change because we know that many efforts have been made in promotion, in the implementation of new farms, rehabilitation of cocoa plantations, renovation, and so on. However, we do not see it in terms of export volumes, “said the official.

He indicated that at some point the country has to continue growing, so it hopes that the Dominican Republic can soon reach 100,000 tons exported.

Fernández offered her statements in the framework of the “Meeting of women in the cocoa value chain:“ initiatives and undertakings ”, organized by Save The Children Dominicana.

“This activity is part of a much broader work that has been developed in the provinces of Monte Plata, Hato Mayor and El Seibo with the cocoa value chain. Specifically, with the Conacado group, the main exporter of organic cocoa in the Dominican Republic, ”said Alba Rodríguez, executive director of Save the Children Dominican Republic.

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