With losses as high as US$500,000 per week, the banana producers of the Dominican Republic are hit extremely hard by the recent drought.
This situation has caused producers to go from producing 450 truckloads of bananas to as low as 400 weekly, according to Rafael Sosa, a member of the Banana Producers Association. A month ago, the banana farmers of the north-west were in a critical situation, according to Sosa. Since then it has rained a little, improving the situation a tiny bit.
“The authorities are in conflict with the irrigation boards, especially with the authorities of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, who like to proselytize with water,” Sosa said.