Farmer's Voice

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ANNOUNCES ORGANIC TOBACCO CROP

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Foto9.jpgManaging director of the Dominican Tobacco Institute (Intabaco), Eng. Mr. Juan Francisco Caraballo, announced the launch of an organic tobacco crop and therefore the Institute seeks to better meet growers' requirements.

Mr. Caraballo said that there are fivetareas(onetareais 628 square meters or 6,768 square feet) already sown with this variety in a demonstration plot belonging to Intabaco's Qinigua experimental station in Villa González (Santiago).  The managing director explained that they are relying on traditional farming techniques that are widely used in the country to ensure a large-scale organic tobacco crop in the near future.

With organic tobacco, manufactured products will be much more attractive to consumers and one of its advantages is that the harmful effects of tobacco on human health will be reduced', added Caraballo.  'Organic tobacco will have no pesticide residues, so products manufactured with this tobacco have no negative impact on health', informed Intabaco's managing director.

Caraballo also said that fertilizers used in organic tobacco are not the same as those used in regular tobaccos.  "Fertilizers used in the organic tobacco crop are made from processed organic products, with agricultural waste or animal by-products, such as milk, blood and others used for manure.  These are the different ways in which we can make organic fertilizers to replace chemical fertilizers", added Caraballo.

Intabaco signed a technical assistance agreement with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for the planting of organic tobacco in the country.  The IICA will provide training in scientific agricultural techniques, use of charcoal in controlled agriculture, and soil preparation, among other.  On the other hand, Intabaco will provide technical personnel, logistic support and human resources to develop this organic crop.