Dominican government urged to lift ban on exporting plantains to Haiti

The Dominican Republic government is being urged to lift a ban on exporting plantains to neighbouring Haiti.

Vendors operating in a market situated along the border with Haiti are leading the call for action.

According to these vendors, their plantains, classified as third quality, are in high demand among Haitians due to their specific preferences.

However, soldiers at the border, acting on orders from Agriculture Minister Limbert Cruz, have been confiscating large quantities of agricultural products purchased by Haitians.

The vendors have been grappling with this issue for several months. While there was initially a shortage, the current situation has shifted to overproduction, resulting in market saturation.

They described the export ban as excessive, emphasizing that selling these plantains is their primary means of livelihood and essential for supporting their families and fulfilling their personal commitments.

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