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Japan ends 93-yr ban on DR fruit.

Japan has ended a 93-year ban on fruit and vegetable exports from the DR after finding that a destructive fruit fly had been eradicated, reports Bloomberg (Nov. 22, 2007). Japanese scientists visited in February and found the Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly, was no longer present, said Akiko Takenaka, an official with the Japanese embassy's Technical and Economic Cooperation Office in the DR. The ban was in effect since 1914. Farmers of melons, citrus fruit and avocados will benefit from the end of the rule, according to El Nacional newspaper, which cited Eddy Martinez, director of the DR's Export and Investment Center.
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Title Annotation:DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Comment:Japan ends 93-yr ban on DR fruit.(DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Publication:Caribbean Update
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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