New Bean Planting Program in Nicaragua

The program will start in the towns of Jalapa, Condega and Estelí.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Called "Frijol de Riego", the program foresees planting beans using controlled irrigation techniques.

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (MAGFOR), Ariel Bucardo, said they already have an area of about 3.500 blocks. The start of the program is scheduled to begin in two weeks.

"This is the government alternative to produce 100 thousand quintals of beans and cover part of the losses suffered in the Apante harvest (the third and last crop of the year), estimated at about 600 thousand quintals," informed

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Nicaragua: Good Crop of Beans and Corn Predicted

July 2012

In the case of beans, the goal was to plant 110 thousand hectares, but 112,000 were planted. In corn, the number of hectares increased from 304,000 to 315,000.

From a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry:

Production expectations in both beans and corn, are excellent assured the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Ariel Bucardo, during a meeting of the Bean Council, involving producers, exporters and government officials.

Producers After Larger Bean Export Quotas

February 2012

Although Nicaragua has eliminated barriers to exports, producers want a quota of 500,000 quintals of beans for export, instead of the 200,000 quintals currently allowed.

Barriers to the exports of beans were removed for producers in Nicaragua, however, a quota of 200,000 quintals for export is still limiting the potential.

Nicaragua Predicts Good Bean Harvest

July 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is projecting a first harvest of 1.5 million quintals of the staple grain.

A production amount which, in the opinion of Agriculture and Forestry Minister, Ariel Bucardo Rocha, will affect the decline in bean prices.

"We are on the verge of harvesting the bean crop, we have planted over 100,000 acres of beans, especially red beans," said the representative.

Nicaragua: Barriers Remain for Beans Export

February 2011

The agricultural ministry announced that there is no reason to remove the additional requirements for the export of beans deployed in October 2010.

The National Dry Bean Commission and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua have reported these non-tariff barriers, arguing that they are unjustified and are causing serious economic losses to processors and marketers, who have been forced to cancel contracts with international buyers.

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