Agriculture, mainly bananas, is the primary sector
supporting the Dominican economy. Indeed, agriculture accounts for
about 20% of GDP, and about 40% of the labor force. Banana
production employs up to one-third of the available work force. The
country is seeking to diversify its markets, making progress in
exporting quantities of citrus fruits and vegetables, as well as
coffee, patchouli, aloe vera, cut flowers, and exotic fruits. The
country also has seen some success in increasing its manufactured
exports, with soap being the primary product of this sector.
The country itself is mostly volcanic, and has few
beaches, thus making the development of tourism difficult.
Nonetheless, the country's rainforests, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls
and mountains make it an excellent vacation destination, especially
for ecotourists interested in landscape and wildlife.