Last Friday, President Danilo Medina visited the greenhouses for production in semi-protected environment that will be executed for the benefit of 350 producers of Constanza, who were evicted in 2017.
The initiative will contribute to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the communities around the Juan Bautista Pérez Rancier National Park, through the efficient production of crops in the aforementioned environment.
Outside the protected area
During a presentation to the Head of State in the Private Room of the National Palace, Angel Estévez, the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, said that the macro-tunnels would be located in the center of the Valley of Constanza (northern zone), outside the protected area, in an area of 200,000 square meters.
He said the Government had estimated the project would start in February and that the main crop would be strawberry. The productive initiative will have: a 1,000 square-meter packaging plant, a 500 square-meter input warehouse, a cold room, a high technology irrigation system and a plant nutrition system.
The project will be carried out as a cooperative and each producer will have the same amount of tasks and will own: sowing, cultivation, harvesting, packaging, transportation and marketing.
Technical training in strawberry production
Estevez said that for every man who works in the process, four women would work, and highlighted that the producers would receive technical training in strawberry production and environmental conservation.
"We started to give the people who were evicted an incentive starting November-December last year because many of them had no way to feed their family, and we will keep on doing this until production begins."