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9450: 9445: RE: 9422: Open Discussion:Food production (fwd)
Subject: 9445: RE: 9422: Open Discussion:Food production
Who can invest in agriculture?
Some people do, but mostly the poor.
Someone has invested in Mangoes. We get the Mango Fransik in most Carribbean
convenient stores in the Northeast when they are in season.
I heard of businessman who invested in improving Tangerines and became
terrified for a while to go harvest because of threats to his empoyees.
Someone has invested in hydroponic tomatoes and sells them directly to
hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets.
Jean Desquiron and his family built the first modern chicken farm in Haiti
from the 50's to the 70's. In the 80's the business died because of unfair
competitive practices from the Brandt family. The Brandts built a huge
chicken farm that can be seen from Mòn Kabrit and produced the Poulet Cocote
for several years. They have closed, saying the cost of production in Haiti
is higher than the cost of imports from the DR and Brazil.
Fresh poultry in Haiti is very expensive and rare.
Haiti used to export sugar. Now most of the sugar is imported.
The coffee export association has announced that if production wasn't
increased, Haiti would start importing coffee in the next 20 years.
A lot of the problems with Agriculture are related to security and policy.
American food is cheap because the government subsidizes its production.
There are no such policies in Haiti. Agriculture is a risky business not
only because it depends on weather but because there is no effective
government. Land ownership is often in dispute and there is little
protection for either sides of the dispute. The formerly large land-owning
families who could have been involved in agriculture prefer to do
import/export because it is less of a hassle. Any large business is subject
to dechoukaj and it is much harder to protect it if it is away from the
The sad part of all of this is that our country is a country where potiential
is constantly wasted, human potential and natural ressources. When it is the
rainy season in Haiti corn grows everywhere. Pwa congo (pigeon peas) are al
so everywhere. There is also so much water falling on that land that we
should never have the water problems that we confront . It is sad but the
politicians are still talking, talking about nothing constructive. The
concepts of work and production are simply beyond their intelligence. As long
as their wife makes sure they have their trays of coffee in the morning and
their covered platters of viann, bannann, diri ak pwa, sos, in the afternoon,
then they can keep talking. It often said that Haitian man, especially the
most schooled of them, care mostly about 2 things: "le ventre et le
bas-ventre" (the stomach and the lower stomach). If those 2 are statisfied
then everything else is fluff. I doubt that they care about where the stuff