Olmedo Caba Romano, executive director of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INDRHI), assured that the agency will supply water for the agricultural work of the settlement to be carried out in the town of Llanos de Pérez, where community members who worked in the sugar mills will cohabit and produce the land. Montellano and Amistad, from the Imbert and Montellano municipalities of this province, and indicated that this initiative seeks to guarantee the revitalization of the agricultural sector and improve the quality of life of producers in the North region.
“Immediately the areas of the agricultural settlement are identified, we will proceed to design the hydraulic works that will include water storage structures and their conduction routes, so that you have guaranteed irrigation,” the official pointed out.
Caba Romano specified that the community members will be able to start planting tobacco and other crops since there will be no lack of water resources, adding that this action will promote a virtuous circle in the community with the creation of hundreds of jobs. He also stated that public policies to promote agricultural projects are carried out hand in hand with the beneficiaries on a day-to-day basis until they give favorable results, for which reason technicians from the hydraulic institute will maintain a permanent presence in the project.
This was stated during a meeting with the beneficiaries of this socioeconomic development plan promoted by the central government, accompanied by a commission made up of Guillermo García, director of the Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD); Rafael Burgos Gómez, executive director of Bienes Nacionales and of the State Sugar Council (CEA), and the mayoress of the municipality of Imbert, María Elena Ramos.
On his side, the director of the IAD maintained that the projects aim to help families who previously lived in the sugar industry to have better means of work.
It should be noted that INDRHI is currently working on projects to mitigate the effects of the drought in the coastal province, seeking to respond to the demand for water, mainly in the western area of the demarcation.
Also present at the meeting with the community members of the Llanos de Pérez, INDRHI was Rafael Romero, director of the regional Alto Yaque del Norte.