Plantains and other agro crops have been affected by a drought and tornadoes that have impacted growers in the Dominican Republic in recent months. This has made market prices jump as high as 50%, in some cases. Other sectors see the “political uncertainty” that the country is going through has also contributed to the rise in prices of some products.
Add to this the increase in fuel prices, a plantain can cost, depending on their size, between RD$20 and RD$30 (€0.34-0.52).
Among the crops affected by drought figure cocoa, banana, tobacco, cassava, sweet potato and papaya. According to dominicantoday.com¸ the drought has led the authorities to ration water both for human consumption and for farm activities.