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Dominican Republic suspends banana exports; seeks to make sure price stability

The Minister of the Presidency and president of the National Council for Food and Dietary Sovereignty and Security (Conassan) said that the measure will likely be reviewed in 30 days.
The Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos Echavarría, headed this Thursday a unprecedented session with the National Council for Food and Dietary Sovereignty and Security (Conassan), wherein he suspended the export of whole bananas, to ensure the steadiness of the costs of this product.

The choice, taken through Resolution 05-2023, establishes that the measure will take effect from Monday, September 18, and will likely be reviewed in 30 days; it instructs the Ministry of Agriculture to notify, through the corresponding channels, the businesses involved within the production of the musacea.

It also instructs the forwarding of the resolution to the Directorate General of Customs (DGA), the Ministry of Defense (MIDE), and the Specialized Corps for Land Border Security (Cesfront), in addition to its publication on the web site of the ministries that make up the National System for Food and Dietary Sovereignty and Security within the Dominican Republic, in compliance with the provisions of the General Law on Free Access to Public Information.

This measure is by Law No. 1-12 of the National Development Strategy 2030, which establishes that the Dominican State must guarantee the productivity, competitiveness, and environmental and financial sustainability of agro-productive chains to contribute to food security.

Present on the Conassan meeting were Rafael-Blanco-Peralta, secretary of Conassan, in addition to representatives of the ministries of Agriculture, Economy, Planning and Development, Public Works, Public Health, Education, Finance, Women, Industry, Commerce and MiPymes, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Environment and Proconsumidor, amongst others.

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