Banana exports suspended by Dominican Republic; aiming to ensure price stability

The Minister of the Presidency and president of the National Council for Food and Nutritional Sovereignty and Security (Conassan) said that the measure will be reviewed in 30 days.

The Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos Echavarría, led an extraordinary session this Thursday with the National Council for Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security (Conassan). He suspended the export of whole bananas to guarantee the stability of banana prices for this product.

The decision, made through Resolution 05-2023, establishes that the measure will come into force as of Monday, September 18 and will be reviewed in 30 days. It instructs the Ministry of Agriculture to notify the companies involved in the production of musacea through the corresponding channels.

It also instructs the sending of the resolution to the General Directorate of Customs (DGA), the Ministry of Defense (MIDE), the Specialized Corps for Land Border Security (Cesfront), as well as its publication on the websites of the ministries that make up the National System for Food and Nutritional Sovereignty and Security of the Dominican Republic. This is in compliance with the provisions of the General Law of Free Access to Public Information.

This measure is due to Law No. 1-12 of the National Development Strategy 2030. It establishes that the Dominican State must guarantee the productivity, competitiveness, and environmental and financial sustainability of agro-productive chains to contribute to food security.

Present at the Conassan meeting were Rafael Blanco Peralta, secretary of Conassan, as well as representatives of various ministries.

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