US supermarkets to buy Dominican agricultural products 


US National Supermarkets Association (NSA) wants to buy agro products directly from Dominican producers, who’ll first be identified to ensure they can deliver the quantity and quality they require annually, reports Dominican Today:

NSA president Rodolfo Fuertes and other executives met in the New York Institute of Technology Thursday with delegates of Dominican Week in the United States, at the behest of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development’s (GFDD).

The head of the organization that groups more than 400 supermarkets in the US stressed the need for Dominican Republic to become more competitive to reduce operating costs and improve prices on their products, as well as certain necessary infrastructure to produce exports that meet the US phytosanitary conditions and the needs of the US market.

“But what we also need is an availability platform that identifies short and medium term production and know who the producers we can buy from are. We’re very interested in doing that,” the executive said.

Speaking on the same topic, NSA director Pedro Goico said the sector here, “can be ready to receive the product, but needs the creation of a sustained export culture and not export only when the tourism demand for these products is low. It must be maintained the entire year.”

Gustavo Tavares, president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR), which heads the initiative, asked the NSA to identify the conditions of their proposal to make it feasible and that the Chamber is in the best position to meet their conditions.

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