Agreement signed to aid coffee industry in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores has met with eight leading seed producers on the island to trace a strategy that will further the development of the agricultural industry after the onslaught of Hurricane María.
He signed an agreement to help producers and greenhouse and nursery operators restore the coffee industry in Puerto Rico. vivero
The agreement seeks to produce three million plants a year for the next three years in order to offset 25 percent knocked down by María.
The nursery owners will be responsible for the production and purchase of coffee plants and make them available to farmers. The agreement was made under the Seed Production and Distribution Program of the Administration for the Development of Agricultural Enterprises (ADEA by its Spanish acronym).
“The program has specialized staff from the Agriculture Department who will supervise the operation to ensure that the varieties, germination and sowing are in accordance with the parameters established by the Agricultural Extension Office, which is responsible for the oversight of seed development on the island,” Flores said in a written statement.
The secretary also urged farmers to apply for applicable federal aid to reestablish their operations.
“These [aid packages] were achieved after President Donald Trump made the disaster declaration at the request of the honorable governor, Ricardo Rosselló. This gave the state Department of Agriculture additional tools to work hand in hand with the USDA and continue to develop the agricultural industry in Puerto Rico,” Flores added.