Food Smuggling on Rise Between D.R., Haiti

June 13, 2008

DAJABON, Dominican Republic – Smuggling of rice, chickens, eggs and other agricultural commodities in short supply in Haiti has been on the rise in recent days along the border with the Dominican Republic according to farmers and poultry producers.

Dominican troops posted along the border have expanded patrols, but the situation has not been brought under control, agriculture industry representatives said.

Rafael Díaz, president of the Rice Producers Association in the northwestern Dominican Republic, said surging food and labor costs, combined with low domestic prices, are providing incentives for the smuggling of agricultural commodities into Haiti.

Díaz said a pound of rice costs between 25 and 34 pesos ($0.72 and $0.99) in Haiti, while the same quantity costs only 16 to 18 pesos ($0.46 to $0.52) in the Dominican Republic.

Haiti is experiencing shortages of rice and people are purchasing the commodity at whatever price they can get it, while rice is abundant in the Dominican Republic, Díaz said.

The trade association president, however, warned that if the situation continued, the Dominican Republic could reach the point where it started to experience rice shortages.

José López, head of the Chicken Farmers Association in the northern region, said poultry continues to enter Haiti from the Dominican Republic clandestinely, despite a ban by Haitian authorities.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with Haiti in the western portion. Though both countries are poor, Haiti is destitute and has recently been rocked by food shortages that sparked riots in some areas.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Slothy Sunday: Just hanging out
Sloth Sundays
17 views
Sloth Sundays
17 views

Slothy Sunday: Just hanging out

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 26, 2019

Last week, Denise Gillen, a sloth nanny from the Toucan Rescue Ranch, shared the story of Bon Jovi, a sloth…

Twice as nice: Güity wins second gold at Grand Prix
Costa Rica
19 views
Costa Rica
19 views

Twice as nice: Güity wins second gold at Grand Prix

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 25, 2019

A day after he placed himself atop the world rankings with his time in the 200-meter T64 at the 2019…

Costa Rica obtains $500 million from CAF for fiscal support
Costa Rica
52 views
Costa Rica
52 views

Costa Rica obtains $500 million from CAF for fiscal support

AFP and The Tico Times - May 25, 2019

The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) on Friday granted a $500 million credit to Costa Rica to support the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!