Guatemala: Agriculture Industry Survey Published

An increase of 14% in corn production and a fall of 27.8% in Coffee production are just some of the data from the 2008 survey.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The data published by the National Institute of Statistics point out the existence of 778,633 farms, which for the most part are growing permanent and semi-permanent crops on a surface of 7.691 million ‘manzanas’.

Leonel Diaz writes in his article for “Out of all this land, 7 million ‘manzanas’ are owned; 432,440 are being rented; 25,339 in usufruct; 36,968 in colonies, and 42,791 are occupied, the rest are of other types.”

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In Guatemala, most of the cultivated areas are dedicated to sugar cane and maize.

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