Neyba, Dominican Republic.- "If we continue to depredate, we will run out of water; and if we run out of water we will have a replica of Haiti, which is what we are trying to avoid, so I have trust in you," president Danilo Medina warned Sunday in a visit with inhabitants of Guayabal, in the mountain chain Sierra de Neyba (west).
He unveiled a sustainable development project that seeks to curb the subsistence farming and depredation in the area where 5,670 hectares have been reforested.
"Do you agree? Are you going to commit yourselves to the Dominican State to halt the culture of subsistence farming?, " Medina asked the villagers of the area during the surprise visit, to present the project he had promised 15 days ago.
The project features five areas developed by the Government in the south region aimed at halting deforestation, including home repairs, honey and coffee production and the creation of nurseries to reforest.
He also pledged to pay RD$5,000 monthly each to 1,500 farmers, so that they don't have cut down trees to plant crops during the project's 3-year implementation period.
"You have to make a commitment with us, that you will halt the cutting of trees, because if you continue with this you won't have any future either; for this to have a future you will have to work hand in hand with the State."