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All Dominican farms will be georeferenced

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Santo Domingo.- Agriculture minister, Osmar Benítez, on Mon. said they have 250 technicians working intensively to create the Unified Agricultural Producers Registry (RUPA), and that all farms in the country are being georeferenced.

He said to speed up the collection of statistics to identify all national producers, the personnel have been provided with the necessary logistics, including the means to transport the Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.

Benítez said that until Agriculture acquires its own electronic information system, it’s hiring local drone companies to use them in the regional offices to geo-reference farms.

“Each Regional will have drones for fumigation, remote sensing and measurement,” said the official.

“A farmer can go to Agriculture and say he wants to make a map of his farm, to fence the perimeter, and that, in addition, they make the topographical survey, and Agriculture will be able, in the Regional, to provide that service,” the official said in a press release.





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Govt. must deal with jump in femicides

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Santo Domingo.- The Life Without Violence Foundation on Tues. demanded that the Government declare a National Alert over the increase in femicides in recent days.

It said violence against women is increasing, with 60 children left orphan so far this year.

In a press conference Foundation president, Yanira Fondeur, said that faced with “alarming sexist violence,” immediate prevention actions of the institutions of the system are urgently needed, as well as the prosecution of aggressors denounced by citizens.

“We demand from the legislators the approval of the bill on the prevention, punishment and eradication of violence against women, which will serve as a regulatory framework for inter-sector coordination with civil society to work in an articulated manner,” Fondeur said.





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tourist arrivals fall 3.8% in first 10 months

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Santo Domingo.- The arrival to the Dominican Republic of foreign tourists, the country’s main source of foreign currency, fell 3.8% in the first 10 months, the Central Bank reported Tuesday.

The Dominican Republic accumulates five consecutive months of decline in the arrival of foreign tourists, though partially offset by the 15.2% growth in the number of Dominican tourists residing abroad.

The Central Bank attributed the data to the effects of the “media campaign” related to the death of a dozen American tourists at the beginning of the year in hotels in the Caribbean country, which the Dominican Government and the FBI blamed on natural causes.





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Blast in tower under construction kills 2, injures 4

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Santo Domingo.- A blast Tuesday night in a tower under construction rocked the Evaristo Morales sector in the National District.

Thus far the authorities have reported two fatalities and at least four injured.

National District Fire chief José Luis Herasme told Diario Libre that the explosion occurred in a building under construction and that the victims were workers.

He said they work on identifying the victims, as well as their nationals, but said that most of them are Haitians.





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