No one could have imagined it was possible, or that there was someone out there who would do it. Nobody gave fire to the idea that it was possible to make an attractive publication about agricultural export products of the Dominican Republic, and whose presentation would be the stuff of envy.
And VICINI devised it, assumed the project and launched it in December, in two ways. The 2014 journal, with statistical data, graphics, geographical and national income from exports of various products. It is a topic apart, because the journal is one part of several memorable pieces of the National Archives journal, a piece apart from the achievement of the past year with regard to the founding father of our country, Juan Pablo Duarte, the bicentenary of his birth. The 2014 journal has the attractive and almost enigmatic name Exterior. And the most beautiful book they have edited most recently in the Dominican Republic is called Interior: Crops of the Dominican Republic.
Felipe Vicini, CEO of the organization responsible for the publication, says that those listed in the book are “the traditional crops and products (to the nation) and has showed the potential investment and production which we have in the present time and future.”
The book presents the principle crops and fields, the intervention by man, the soil and the areas of production. It is a global idea to rural, very rural, but at the same time a surprise, because it gives us a beautiful presentation of the main traditional export crop, from the banana, the sugar cane, tobacco, cacao, coffee, passing through to cereals, oils, legumes, fruits, musa, root and tuber crops, and vegetables. In each case with each derived product of exportation.
Carlos Despradel, economist, says the objective of the publication is to “make a contribution to the agricultural development in the Dominican Republic.” But it does not read as a textbook, nor as plant research or new methods of tillage. No. It is a book to be enjoyed just as you enjoy good coffee, a caramel or a strawberry.
And so you can have an idea of what agricultural production represents in the country, Despradel says that the production of rice every year generates 20 million dollars, the export of bananas generates more than 300 million dollars in foreign exchange, but especially with that described and beautifully photographed agricultural production nutritional security of Dominican society is guaranteed.
Within each of the 27 agricultural products featured is a description, origin, production and local territorial areas where production mostly takes place.
Some trade publications about coffee, cocoa and tobacco, have been dedicated to telling the history and development of the products, but are consulted with by publishers or parent companies. No one had realized, up until this moment, such a significant publishing effort, which includes a long list of products, so well achieved, independent of the publishers interest in those items.
Of course, coffee is a product to which the book devotes 13 pages, but sugar cane, which is the particular interest of the publishers, 16 pages are devoted.
The book dedicates space to the African Palm, coconut, kidney bean, pigeon bean, avocado, strawberry, papaya, mango, melon, orange, pineapple, banana, cassava, sweet potato, among other consumer products and exports.
In case you decide to familiarize yourself with the history of whichever of these products harvested in the Dominican Republic, this is the book for you. In case you decide you would like to know the economic data of exports, this is the book for you. If you decide to familiarize yourself with the geographical zone of the mango, for example, this is the book for you. If you decide to learn how to cultivate and harvest the African Palm, this is the book for you.
The purpose is to raise awareness of locally produced agricultural products, and in particular the potential we have in them. Seeing the book is a way to encourage investment in the area. It is an encouragement in hopes agroindustrial production, particularly for export, is where we find the profit.
We invite you, therefore not to lose the opportunity to request or acquire the publication, because it is a collector’s item, even if you are not a man of the field.
The editorship was in charge of Lola Noriega, texts in the hands of Carlos Despradel, photographs by Miriam Calzada, Eladio Fernandez and Pedro Genaro. The book is in Spanish and English and was printed by Amigo del Hogar.