Guatemala Considering Buying Grains

In the face of potential shortages, the Agriculture Ministry analyzes buying grains from Mexico and Honduras.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A purchase option of 25 thousand tons is being negotiated with Mexico, said Mario Aldana, Agriculture Minister.

When asked about meetings between Belizean and Guatemalan businessmen for possible purchases of grains, the ministry stated "... he had no knowledge of..., but confirmed he held a meeting with his Honduran homologous", reports Elperiodico.com.gt.

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Guatemala to Import Grains for $8.8 million

November 2014

To compensate for the reduction in local production, the government plans to allocate $8.8 million for the purchase of 39,000 hundredweight of beans and 230,000 hundredweight of corn.

In the period from January to August 2014, the government imported maize from the United States and Mexico, and in the case of beans, 60% was purchased from the US, 20.3% from Canada, 11.4% from China, 6.7% from Nicaragua and the rest 1.5% from Argentina.

Guatemala to Import Staple Foods

September 2014

The government has announced preparations for the purchase of food abroad to minimize the impact that drought has had on grain crops and their prices in the local market.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) has announced that reserves established by the authorities will be sufficient to meet demand in September, but in October imports will be necessary.

El Salvador to Import Basic Grains Duty Free

November 2011

A decree authorized the duty-free import of basic grains, maize and beans, to ensure supply for the population.

By means of Decree 907, the MAG has been empowered to buy and sell seed and grain, bean and maize and materials for their production, in order to guarantee the price of the product and transfer it at a reasonable cost to the public.

El Salvador to Import Beans and Corn

October 2011

In order to ensure domestic supply and prevent price hikes, the government has announced it will import beans and corn.

Guillermo López Suárez, minister of agriculture and livestock indicated that importing beans "is necessary" to prevent shortages. The beans will be bought from China, South Africa and Ethiopia and the maize will be imported from Mexico and South America.

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