Economy February 1, 2019 | 8:49 am

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Dominican coffee: weaknesses, strengths and a dire warning

Santo Domingo.-  To identify the many opportunities and weaknesses of the Dominican coffee growers, the National Evangelical University -UNEV-, and the Faculty for Environment and Rural Development -FADER-, tabled a dialogue with experts who evaluated the strategies to improve the Dominican coffee segment.

For academy rector, Epifanio González, the main strength of the Dominican coffee industry, is the economic impact generated through the production of hundreds of tons of coffee.

He said its main weakness is the climate and environmental change, since it has “become more visible in recent years,” causing effects such as increased temperatures, decreased rainfall and water supplies, desertification, forest fires and sea level rise, among others.

In that regard, the economist and researcher Humberto Vargas, warned that each year around 325 million people suffer directly from the social and economic effects caused by climate change.

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