El Salvador: Farmers Fear Shortage Due to Droughts

Lack of rains could affect corn and bean harvests, explained Salvadoran farmers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The rainy season has started one month later, and the official estimation is that rains will be 30% below the usual. This will take its toll over the country’s production, reported the Agriculture Ministry.

“All in all, Salvadoran agricultural production could shrink around 2.4 million quintals, mostly due to lack of rain, caused by the El Niño phenomena. This translates to 8% less production than expected”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.

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The South American country has sent its own ships to carry food in short supply in this nation such as sugar, coffee, black beans, oil, meat and live cattle.

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El Salvador Expects Corn Shortage

September 2009

8 million quintals of corn have been lost, revealed a study by Camagro.

The findings by the Salvadoran Agroindustrial Chamber (Camagro) could imply a shortage of corn in the national market, starting July 2010.

"Authorities from the Agriculture Ministry had forecasted a production of 17 million quintals of corn.

Honduras Faces Bean Shortage

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The flooding of 68,754 acres caused the loss of 1.4 million quintals of red beans valued at $43 million.

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Hector Hernández, these losses may cause a shortage of food in the country in the coming months.

Food scarcity in Central America

May 2008

Beset by constantly rising prices of basic grains in international markets and accelerating inflation due to daily oil price increases, Central America has turned the spotlight onto a food alert which in the short run threatens to cause severe shortages of agricultural products.

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