Dominican crops are diverse and have achieved their place in the world market with much importance, such is the case of organic cacao and bananas, tobacco, fruits and vegetables.
Production. The banana industry exports mainly to the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, and other EU countries. According to the publication, it is an agricultural segment that together with cacao generates labor on-site, as well as for selection and export packaging.
The D.R has a high potential for producing exportable agricultural goods. A great part of these have made their mark in the world markets all the way to achieving solid position as first choice, such as organic bananas, cacao, organic sugar, hand-made cigars, and other products exposed in a luxury publication called “Interior: Harvests of the Dominican Republic”, by VICINI.
In its 4th edition, VICINI forges and provides coverage, in a 3-piece collection, on the production of agricultural products, selected per their function, importance, and position in the Dominican economy. “Following the commitment towards developing a better nation and a long-term investment vision, we feel the desire and duty to distinguish and promote agriculture, making emphasis on harvests, crops, and products which traditionally have formed and showed the investment potential and production capacity we have at present and for the future”, said Felipe A. Vicini, during the book presentation.
The traditional export crops are: bananas, cacao, coffee, organic cane sugar and tobacco, which are duly explained in accordance to their culture areas. Also grains such as: rice, maize, coconut and African Palm; legumes such as beans and pigeon peas; fruits such as the avocado, strawberries, papaya, cantaloupes, oranges, pineapples and many more. Among the musaceae there are plantains, and among the tubers: potatoes and manioc. Other information provides awareness on the capacity for cultivation for vegetables such as bell peppers, aubergine, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. The work presents panoramic images of many of these crops, as well as interviews and videoclips from the plantation zones for avocado, tobacco, rice, bell peppers, cacao, tomatoes, coconut, aubergine and manioc.
Bananas are the main export crop of the Dominican Republic. They were introduced in Hispaniola from the Canary Islands. It is the most consumed fruit worldwide. It is grown in 130 countries. Locally, its crop occupies 361,871 acres. In 2012 over 36,000,000 bananas were produced. 80% of exports are organic bananas. Its exports have surpassed an annual USD$300M. Crops take place in the Northwest (56.5%), Montecristi, Dajabón, Santiago Rodríguez, and Valverde; North (8.9%), Puerto Plata, Santiago, and Espaillat, and in the Southwest (8.3%), Elias Pina, San Juan and Azua. Regarding the cacao production, the publication shows that its cultivation takes place in 28 zones nationwide and the high demand for organic cacao in the world market. In 2010, the nation exported 72,800 tons for a total of USD$185 million.