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
Dominican Republic's total territory of 48,442 square
was devoted to agriculture-related activities in the late
According to a soil survey conducted in 1985, 43 percent
country's total area was moderately suited, or
cultivation. The Cibao and the Vega Real regions, north
northeast of Santo Domingo, respectively, contained the
republic's richest agricultural lands and produced most of
nation's food and cash crops, with the exception of sugar.
Sugarcane cultivation centered on the coastal plains of
and the east.
Data as of December 1989