The presidential agricultural team of the Modern Revolutionary Party has stated that the Dominican Republic currently has enough garlic stocked to guarantee the country's supply until March 2021. The country currently has 85,000 quintals of garlic stocked, corresponding to some 93 containers of garlic that were imported in 2019 and the recently completed 2020 harvest.
67% of the garlic stock corresponds to imported garlic and only 33% to locally produced garlic, 60% of which is produced by small producers with an area of fewer than 2.5 hectares.
"What the aforementioned commission could do is explain why consumers, whom the State should also protect, must pay RD $ 200.00 per pound of garlic in supermarkets when importing it from China to our country only costs RD $ 26.40 per pound, including dock and customs expenses. That means marketers are earning RD $ 173.60 per pound of garlic marketed, i.e. 658% of its import cost," the entity stated.
"We would like to see the commission's diligent work focusing on this issue and we hope they can explain this variable that is detrimental to the Dominican producers and consumers, while the government does nothing about it," they added.