In 2011, the country exported 3,356 MT at a value of US$3.6 million. The salad tomato harvest of 2012 yielded 405,758 quintals.
There is growing consumer demand for the tomato, as it is an essential ingredient in international gastronomy. As many as 7,000 varieties are cultivated, throughout the world. Currently, the tomato is the main horticultural crop in the Dominican Republic.
In our country, cultivation encompasses 1,270 hectares planted with salad tomatoes and 5,555 hectares that grow tomatoes for industrial processing. In fact, 5.3 million quintals of tomatoes for industrial purposes were produced in 2012. In addition, Jarabacoa has greenhouse facilities for the cultivation of the hybrid variety and delicate cherry tomatoes.