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Dominican Republic begins exports of avocados and pitahayas to the UAE

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic (Mirex) reported that a shipment of avocados, pitahayas, and Dominican pineapples was exported to the United Arab Emirates for commercialization.

According to a statement from Mirex, this is the first time that the first two products mentioned arrive in that country, supported by the embassy of the Dominican Republic based in Abu Dhabi.

From the hand of the Dominican company YSM Capital SRL and the Emirati company Blue Bay Trade, the fruits of Piñas Bonita, the avocados of Ocoa Avocados, and the pitahayas of Tropihay are available for sale on the shelves of the multinational conglomerate Hipermercados LuLu, one of the largest retail chains in Asia and the largest in the Middle East, with more than 210 outlets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other countries of the region.

The consulting firm Deloitte placed this chain among the 50 fastest-growing retailers in the world, “indisputably opening a door with infinite possibilities for Dominican exporters.”

According to the International Trade Center information, the Dominican Republic would be exporting pineapples to this destination for the first time in consecutive years, 2020 and 2021.

As for avocados and pitahayas, and according to data from that same entity, the country had not registered an export of these products to the United Arab Emirates until now.

The Dominican Republic, thanks to its different production areas, altitudes, and varieties have avocado throughout the year, thus being the second largest producer of this fruit internationally, ranking only below Mexico.

According to 2019 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dominican production reached a total of 661,626 tons, representing 9% of world production.

Mirex said that through the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United Arab Emirates, headed by Ambassador Julio Simón Castaños, it continues to carry out efforts in line with the promotion of Dominican exports, foreign trade, and foreign direct investment, one of the lines of action identified as priorities in the new Dominican foreign policy.

 

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