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Haiti and Dominican Republic Teaming Up against Cocoa Cultivation Threat



Haiti and the Dominican Republic, together with representatives of the private sector of both countries, are working to define and apply a common strategy to prevent an eventual occurrence of moniliasis, a disease that attacks cocoa crops.

This initiative is coordinated by the Directorate General for Multilateral Cooperation (Digecoom) and the offices of the National Computer of the European Funds for Development of the two nations.

Currently there are no reports from either country of the presence of the disease that would put the economy of the cocoa subsector at risk, but there is a real threat. The disease has been present in Jamaica since 2015, where it is causing serious damage, explained in a press release Antonio Vargas Hernández, the General Director of Digecoom.