President Luis Abinader revealed that in the next few days several US government inspectors will arrive from the United States to begin auditing national production with a view to being able to export beef to the US for the first time in decades.
Abinader pointed out that shortly after coming to office, he began negotiations to get the U.S. government to send its technicians.
The president gave the information to the Annual Ordinary Assembly of the National Confederation of Agricultural Producers (CONFENAGRO), in which he participated as an honorary member, together with former President Hipólito Mejía.
Abinader swore in a new board of directors of this association which brings together almost a thousand agricultural associations from all over the country.
Antoliano Peralta, legal advisor to the Executive Branch; Víctor Bisonó, Minister of Industry and Commerce; the Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, and Geanilda Vásquez, Minister without portfolio, were also present.
Currently, the Dominican Republic’s pork production is being hit by African swine fever, which has led to the slaughter of thousands of pigs and to a rise in the price of pork meat. The Dominican Republic has not exported pork to the United States since 1978 due to a ban imposed after swine fever affected domestic production that year.