President Luis Abinader has emphasized the importance of the private sector for the generation of jobs, considered necessary to alleviate the global crisis. He therefore pledged to promote an agreement with the Agricultural Bank and the Ministries of Agriculture and Industry and Commerce, so that the potatoes imported by the multinational PepsiCo are produced in the Dominican Republic.
The president spoke after participating in the inauguration of the expansion of PepsiCo’s Caribe plant in the country. This facility produces Lay’s brands with both local and imported potatoes.
Gerardo Díaz de León, president of PepsiCo, explained that the company has contracts in force with farming communities in the areas of Constanza, Moca, La Vega, and La Canela. These produce an annual average of more than 9,000 tons of potatoes, plantains, and yucca, covering more than 450 hectares of crops. They purchase 7,000 tons of potatoes annually, representing 8% of the country’s total potato production.