The Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adoplatano) was constituted on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Adoplatano will aim to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of the country's banana cultivation value chain.
The board of Adoplatano was integrated as follows:
Alex Cruz, president
Alexis Marte, Vice President
Radhames Peña, secretary
Cesar Cespedes, Treasurer
The other members are Guarinex Gell, Luis Yangüela, Edward Camilo, Bernard Ureña, and Rafael Bonilla.
Adoplatano was established with the support of the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD). The association's vision is to support, encourage, and promote the banana-producing sector through direct technical assistance, innovation, training, information, and services that favor agricultural producers so that the sector achieves its full development.
They also seek to support the increase in the production and productivity of banana cultivation, making sustainable use of natural resources and the environment, improving the quantity and quality of the fruit in order to increase its competitiveness in national and international markets.
Adoplatano was constituted at the JDA headquarters with the participation of the country's main banana producers.
The main banana production areas are in central Cibao, mainly in the provinces of La Vega, Espaillat, Santiago, Hermanas Mirabal, and San Francisco de Macoris; and in irrigated areas in the provinces of Barahona, Bahoruco, Azua, Bani, Valverde, and Montecristi.
Banana production is of great economic and social importance for the country. There are 53,448 hectares devoted to banana production and nearly 50,000 producers scattered in the different production regions. In 2020, the Dominican Republic produced 2,579,732,000 bananas and consumed an estimated more than 7 million bananas a day.