The Provincial Council for Agricultural Development of the Province of Azua (Coproda) stated that the damage caused by tropical storm Laura in the region as it passed through the Dominican Republic (where it affected 64,637 hectares of plantain, onion, coffee, lemons, yucca, avocado, and organic banana crops) was estimated at RD $ 20 million.
According to a document signed by Manuel Tejeda, the president of Coproda, and engineer Hector Mendez Andujar, the secretary of the institution, the storm also caused considerable damage to 71 kilometers of irrigation infrastructure; it destroyed three bridges, affected 340 kilometers of field roads; 200 kilometers of local roads; 50 kilometers of main roads, destroyed 1,500 three-inch pipes, and affected palisades and wire protections in nearly 31.5 hectares.
In order for producers to restore their productive capacity, they need financing for RD $ 500 million through the Agricultural Bank, at a zero rate, the entity stated. Likewise, the producers also require the intervention of the Government to restore the field, local, and roads, as well as the irrigation systems. They also need an exemption or a subsidy of 100% of the agricultural insurance. Coproda requested the urgent intervention of President Luis Abinader to mitigate the serious damage caused by the storm.
According to Coproda estimates, organic banana crops have had losses of RD $ 141.7 million. Damages to conventional banana crops amount to RD $ 88.2 million and plantain crops had losses that amount to RD $ 55.4 million.
The storm also caused affected onion crops, which had losses estimated at RD $ 1.41 million, and cassava crops, with losses reaching RD $ 17.3 million.
Damages to avocado crops are estimated at RD $ 69.4 million.
Persian lime production had losses of nearly RD $ 43.7 million, while the Creole lemon lost RD $ 9019 million.