Addressing these challenges calls for serious decisions to be taken to expand precision agriculture using modern technologies that allow greater profitability and reduce environmental impact. In this sense, Dominican farmers are already beginning to appreciate the importance of using technological tools according to the needs of their crops.
Some Dominican farms use weather stations that indicate soil moisture levels, according to Osmar Benítez, executive director of the Dominican agribusiness Board (JAD). This information serves to properly program the use of water.
As for pressurized irrigation, the president of the Dominican Association of banana producers (Adobanano), Ernio Durán, maintains that it is highly efficient, since it can precisely regulate the use of water.
The calibration for packing precisely normalizes the amount of pounds that banana boxes must have. The rice sub-sector uses direct seeding machines, transplants, and harvesters, as well as aircraft to fertilize crops.
Oliverio Espaillat, of the Association of rice producers of the Northeast (Aprano), told elDinero that the use of technology is an indispensable tool in the cultivation of this cereal, since it allows them to reduce production costs, the only threat of importance they currently face.
Also put into operation modules of animal production in El Seibo, Monte Plata, Puerto Plata, and Duarte. These centers, taken as models, will operate with sustainable food, animal reproduction, genetic improvement, Milk Management and processing technologies according to the agroecological zone of each province.
In terms of cocoa production, State-of-the-art technology has a presence in nurseries and harvest management, according to Yony Molina Soto, who is in charge of programs and projects of the National Cocoa Commission.