DR’s leader makes unexpected landing & visits sugarcane farmers
Santo Domingo’s President Danilo Medina traveled to Chirino in Monte Plata province for one of his surprise weekend visits on Sunday 3rd May 2015.
There he agreed the government would finance the cultivation of 16,000 tareas (just under 2,500 acres) of sugarcane to re-launch sugar production in the east of the country.
The Presidency says it is also open to financing the construction of a mill to process the cane into raw sugar.
Addressing those present, President Medina asked all to assist in expediting the implementation process: “All I want is to ask those involved in the project, three months off of the runtime. Reduce the completion of the project, so that in 12 to 14 months at the latest, we can begin to produce.”
Medina he would also be supporting a similar venture in San Pedro de Macoris province.
The Administrative Minister of the Presidency Jose Ramon Peralta said that 16,000 tareas of sugarcane would benefit more than 340 small-scale farmers who stopped growing sugar several years ago.
State Sugar Council (CEA) director Pepe Dominguez said that the process they would use gives more flavor to the sugar as every part of the cane is used and nothing is lost.