El Salvador to Import 25 Thousand Bean Quintals

Without defining the country which will be purchased from, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the transaction in order to alleviate the shortage of grain.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hugo Flores, stated that Mexico, United States and even Nicaragua, as potential seller countries.

Elsalvador.com in an article reports, "On Monday, Daniel Rivera, representative of Eastern producers, did not hide his concern since according to the information, their counterparts in Honduras and Nicaragua have said that there are no beans in any of these countries, so the Government should speed up the process."

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El Salvador to Purchase Beans from Mexico and Colombia

September 2010

To avoid bean shortages, the country will import around 200,000 sacks from Mexico and Colombia.

Hugo Flores, vice-minister for Agriculture, commented that the purchase of the beans is being carried out as a preventative measure to ensure stocks are sufficient to cope with the possibility of crop failures due to torrential rains.

El Salvador to Import Beans from Ethiopia

January 2011

Given the shortage in the local and regional market, Gumarsal will import beans from the African country.

Wilfredo Guerra, import manager of Gumarsal, indicated that it is negotiating the import of a considerable amount.

The manager added to Elsalvador.com, "Nicaragua, for example, still holds more than three thousand quintals of beans which could be marketed in the country, but due to customs problems it has not been able to enter. Guerra said that he asked the Ministry of Agriculture to negotiate this with their counterpart in Nicaragua, but so far it has received no response."

El Salvador Evaluates Bean and Corn Purchase

July 2010

The country's Farming Ministry (MAG) is considering whether to purchase grains outside Central America in order to avoid food scarcity.

The heavy rains have led to corn losses and put the bean harvest at risk. There is also the added risk of reduced harvests in Nicaragua, El Salvador's main bean supplier.

Salvadoran Governments Asks Companies to Import Beans

September 2010

Facing a potential shortage of beans, the government will ask companies to import the product directly.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farming (MAG for its acronyms in Spanish) doesn't have enough resources to import beans itself.

This shortage of shortage has been driving up the cost of the grain: "Silk Beans oscillate between $85 and $90 per quintal. A pound is paid $1,00 in the domestic market and it could reach $1.23."

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