Dominican Republic Achieves Market Self-Sufficiency on World Rice Day

Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, proudly announced that the Dominican Republic produces more than 100% of the rice consumed in the country. This amounts to around 14.5 million quintals annually. The self-sufficiency of rice production not only meets national demand but also supports the livelihoods of over 30 thousand producers in 22 provinces. The national rice production sector generates more than 250 thousand direct and indirect jobs and contributes over 45 billion pesos to the Dominican economy.

Cruz emphasized the significance of rice as a staple food in the Dominican Republic, representing a considerable portion of the family budget, estimated at over 25%. The government has consistently supported the rice production sector to maintain this self-sufficiency.

The minister shared this information during the celebration of World Rice Day on October 31. This event has been recognized by the United Nations since 2004 and aims to promote the consumption of rice as a means to combat global malnutrition and hunger.

Rice has a long history in the Dominican Republic, dating back to its introduction during Christopher Columbus’s second voyage in 1494. Over the centuries, it has become a vital part of the country’s agricultural and food culture. Today, various varieties of rice are grown, contributing to the country’s food security and economic stability.

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