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 Laprensa.com.ni.
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.
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.