Dominican Republic

Improving the cold chain could increase the value of banana exports to 52 M$

The Dominican Agrobusiness Board (JAD), with the support of the European Union (EU), has presented a study with the objective of improving the cold chain of organic bananas, as doing so could help increase the value of this fruit's exports to US$ 52 million per year.

The conclusions of the document were presented at a meeting attended by representatives of the EU, banana producers, exporters and financial and governmental entities.

The Technical Study on Investment in the Cold Chain in the framework of the development of the Banana Accompaniment Measures Program (BAM) seeks to draw attention to the importance of the issue and facilitate access and permanence of Dominican products in the international markets.

According to the conclusions of the study, based on a global evaluation and the improvement and pre-investment plans for the cold chain, an investment of US$ 23,250,000 would be needed to develop the country's refrigeration platform, which would in turn increase the value of the annual exports of organic bananas to foreign markets to US$ 52,057,148.

The forum welcomed the participation of Debbie Corado, director for Latin America of the Global Chain Alliance, the largest international organization, made up by the main companies in the cold logistics sector. She spoke with attendees about the correct use of temperature control and product freezing, as well as about improvements to the current systems that would allow Dominican organic bananas to be exported to more distant markets.

For his part, JAD executive president Osmar Benítez said that their actions are focusing on promoting better practices and logistics methods for the food cold chain. The idea is to increase the export quality of agricultural products.


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