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Haiti - Agriculture : Launching of an intensive program of banana production
During the next twelve months, rigorous analysis will be conducted in various regions of the country and a small-scale growing and packing operation will be created to determine banana production potential. The ultimate goal is to develop a large scale banana operation that will serve as a foundation for the sector and one that also supports independent growers. Banana production will target both the domestic and international markets.
This banana project is the result of close collaboration and planning between Haiti Originale, the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Dole Food Company, Inc. has also acted as a technical adviser and provided agricultural consulting services to the project for more than a year. This program epitomizes the concept of Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) which will ultimately result in the reemergence of a vibrant private-sector industry in Haiti.
"Haiti is blessed with fertile soils and hard-working people, the prerequisites for successful agribusiness ventures," said Michael Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of Haiti Originale. "Through this collaborative process, we will demonstrate the potential of the country to compete at a level of quality and on a scale that will attract private investors, minimize current banana import levels in Haiti and create vitally needed export earnings. Given the potential in Haiti, we expect that this banana program will be the first of many and will serve as a model for other agricultural sectors."
"This is a new model for Haitian agriculture powered by the private sector," added Bruce Rothenberg, Haiti Originale's COO.
"We are proud to have been given the opportunity to provide technical assistance to Haiti Originale's par Haiti - pour Haiti banana project," said Dr. Jorge W. Gonzales, Senior Vice President Agricultural Research and Development for Dole Tropical Products Latin America Ltd. "We recognize that the success of this program will have a major positive impact on the lives of thousands of farming families as well as consumers, which fits with Dole's philosophy of sustainable agriculture for producers, workers and consumers."
Learn more about Haiti Originale LLC :
Haiti Originale was established following the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to provide a platform for sustainable development and to create jobs in Haiti. In addition to project development and investment promotion, Haiti Originale promotes Haiti and its products through the use of its par Haiti - pour Haiti® (from Haiti - for Haiti) logo, allowing consumers and market partners alike to recognize that the mere purchase of Haitian agricultural and manufactured products provides Haitian farmers and workers the dignity of employment.
Furthermore, by working with various stakeholders, the company seeks to attract investments in areas that can improve the long-term viability and productivity of the Haitian economy while delivering globally competitive returns.