The Dominican Republic has opened its first ever agrbibulk terminal and agri-food park at the Port of Haina. This was inaugurated by Terminal Granelera del Caribe (TEGRA) in the port’s western zone. The new facility aims to serve the country’s agri-food sector by handling the necessary raw materials, manufacturing food products and also by specialising in fertiliser.
Miguel Lajara, president of TEGRA, noted that the recently built area consists of seven brand new silos and a mechanised unloading system that makes handling operations much more efficient. The maritime terminal additionally boasts a mechanised system that allows grains to flow directly from docked vessels to both silos and flat warehouses at a speed of around 600 tonnes per hour. This will significantly reduce vessel dwell times at the berth.
In addition, there are two liquid bulk unloading systems that can handle consignments of vegetable oils and fats at a rate of 300 tonnes per hour.
TEGRA incorporates five production plants, two of which will produce balanced animal feed. They have a combined capacity of 75 tonnes per hour. Furthermore, there are two soya extruders, which between them can handle 20 tonnes per hour. They are the only ones currently available in the Dominican Republic.
The facility also has a fertiliser production line.
The overall dispatch capacity is in the region of 1,500 tonnes per day between grains, flour, balanced food, bagged granular products and liquids.
In general, the domestic consumption of agribulk raw materials is around 1.8 million tonnes per year, of which TEGRA handles around 560,000 tonnes, made up of 250,000 tonnes of soybeans and 25,000 of liquids, equivalent to 40% of the national total.
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