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Hydroponic farm in Barranquitas to undergo expansion

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia participated Monday in the announcement of the expansion of Campo Caribe, a hydroponic farm in Barranquitas dedicated to the production of various types of lettuce in its 5.5 acres of greenhouses.

“The hydroponic industry in Puerto Rico has progressed significantly in recent years. Currently, we have about 170 farmers in this sector with an estimated value of more than $10 million,” Pierluisi said. “Among the most produced crops, sweet chilies, cilantro, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and recao stand out. In fact, the Department of Agriculture has approved an investment of over $370,000 to support and continue growing the hydroponic industry on the island.”

The governor was accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Ramón González Beiró, Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) Secretary Manuel Cidre Miranda and Barranquitas Mayor Elliot Colón Blanco.

“Campo Caribe is a great example of the great potential of our agricultural industry,” Pierluisi added. “Our agriculture is instrumental in continuing to rebuild our economy, and Campo Caribe is committed to Puerto Rico because it is aware of the opportunities and has faced challenges with innovation and determination. I congratulate the staff of Campo Caribe, its general manager Zuleyka Mendoza, and its entire work team for continuing to trust Puerto Rico and the development of local agriculture. Know that we will continue to support our local farmers, always helping the industry.”

Cidre Miranda noted that various types of lettuce produced by Campo Caribe will be available in supermarkets and restaurants on the island and at the farm facilities in Barranquitas. The surplus will be imported to other parts of the United States, he said.

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