Economy December 21, 2015 | 9:39 am

Dominican organic bananas lead the world

Santo Domingo.- DominicanRepublic has become a world leader in exports of organic bananas, which should spurit to do well in other crops.

Dominican AgribusinessBoard (JAD executive president Osmar Benitez said banana supply rose on wider plantingdespite a steep fall in production from the nationwide drought which lasted untilmid-year.

The agribusiness leadersaid the change in the European Union´s sanitary policy in 1992 benefitedDominican Republic, spurring the planting of organic instead of traditionalbananas, making the country one of the biggest producers.

Interviewed byhoy.com.do with other JAD executives, Benitez said 63% of the bananas grown inthe country is organic, while 20% is in transition.

He added that 50% ofthe bananas sold worldwide is grown locally, making the Dominican Republic theleading supplier.

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