The Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as representatives of the private sector of the two countries, are working on the definition and implementation of a common strategy to prevent the monilia a disease that attacks the culture of cocoa
Sunday, August 18, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – This initiative, learned Rezo Nòdwès, is coordinated by the General Directorate of multilateral cooperation (Digecoom) and the offices of the national computer of the European Development Fund of the two countries of the island.
Although to date, the presence of the disease in both countries has not been reported, which could compromise the economy of the cocoa sub-sector, however, there is a real threat, because this disease has been present in Jamaica since 2015, where it has caused serious damage, said Antonio Vargas Hernández, Digecoom's general manager and national computer scientist of the European Development Fund of the Dominican Republic, in a press release.
“ The warning about the threat of the monilia forces the authorities, the producers and the various sectors related to its marketing and the general population to monitor the symptoms of its appearance “, added Vargas Hernandez.
Vargas pointed out that cocoa is a key crop for both countries and that, especially in the case of the Dominican Republic, its exports generate significant incomes and have a considerable social impact as dozens of families in the north-east live from its culture.
Recall that the series of prevention activities against the moniliasis was organized by Caribbean Export, also including Herve Philippe, Technical Advisor of the National Computer Bureau of Haiti; José Villagra, from the local office of the European Union, and Reynaldo Ferreiras, director of the cocoa department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic. The Ministry of Agriculture was represented by Cleome Abel and Kim Sassine was present for the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.