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Dominican Republic Land Use
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    Aerial shot along Dominican-Haitian border contrasts denuded hillsides of Haiti (on left) with forested hillsides of the Dominican Republic
    Courtesy James P. Blair � 1987 National Geographic Society

    An estimated 27,452 square kilometers, or 57 percent of the Dominican Republic's total territory of 48,442 square kilometers, was devoted to agriculture-related activities in the late 1980s. According to a soil survey conducted in 1985, 43 percent of the country's total area was moderately suited, or well-suited, for cultivation. The Cibao and the Vega Real regions, north and northeast of Santo Domingo, respectively, contained the republic's richest agricultural lands and produced most of the nation's food and cash crops, with the exception of sugar. Sugarcane cultivation centered on the coastal plains of the south and the east.

    Data as of December 1989

    NOTE: The information regarding Dominican Republic on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominican Republic Land Use information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominican Republic Land Use should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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