- The project will assist in the production and marketing of precious coconut wood based on a Senile Plantations Renewal Program.
- Educational workshops will be held for coconut producers.
September 28, 2020, Santo Domingo. - Through the United Nations Development Program through Project No. 00116183 on “Strengthening the Competitiveness Policy of the Dominican Republic”, the National Competitiveness Council together with the Dominican’s Coconut Producers Group are working on the development of a proposal to replace old plantations, based on the development of products derived from the exploitation of coconut wood.
With a view to converting the disadvantage of having old plantations into a competitive and commercial advantage, this project began the first actions, including a meeting between representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Coconut Cluster, owners of coconut plantations, farmers, industrial processors and marketers of coconuts and their derivatives, it was opportune to agree to the holding of educational workshops in different provinces of the country.
The country has enormous potential for top-quality coconut wood, derived from plantations between 40-80 years old, the age at which this type of coconut wood begins to have value, becoming senile precious wood, for this reason, The project will consist of the production and commercialization of precious coconut wood based on a Senile Plantations Renewal Program.
This plan expects to plant thousands of new coconut trees in a period of 10 years to replace the senile plantations (old coconut trees / more than 50 years). The logs of the replaced plants will be processed and converted into precious coconut wood, mainly destined for the markets of the United States of America and the European Union. The biomass will be converted into coal with the main destination to Haiti and hotels in the Dominican Republic.
This consultancy aims to promote the development of the coconut industry through the preparation of a Proposal for the Industrialization and Marketing of coconut wood. Increase the productivity of coconut producers based on the substitution of senile plantations for other more productive species.
In addition, provide the Coconut Productive Complex with a Business Plan that allows it to reduce the economic impact of starting a process of replacing plantations and provide the Coconut Productive Complex with a database of potential partners and sources of international resources.