Sugar cane is a plant that originates from Southeast Asia. It Christopher Columbus introduced to the island on his second journey and from there its cultivation has not stopped, undoubtedly making history. For many years, the monoculture of the sugar cane was what maintained the Dominican economy, which is why there is an inescapable link between history, geography and national culture around this crop and its subsequent industrial process.Nowadays, sugar production has a great historical legacy thanks to the work of companies with deep roots as Ingenios Porvenir, Central Romana, Cristobal Colon and Barahona. While the international fall in sugar prices has affected the once desirable production levels, the sector’s recovery has been gradual, but committed to a permanent recovery.
Three business entities are the most influential, because they possess 75% of land under sugar cane cultivation, mostly in the east of the country: Central Romana, Casa Vicini and the Dominican State through the Sugar State Council known by its acronym CEA.