Guatemala: Corn Price Up 13% in a Week

Corn prices continue to rise in Guatemala, reaching $ 22.5 per quintal.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This is the highest price on record since 2007 and according to Luis Enrique Monterroso, from the food unit of the Human Rights Office “it is evidence that the price spike is not a result of speculation but of actual losses in this year´s harvest”.

Meanwhile, import orders are on the rise, as 82.000 metric tons were authorized for import in February, and most of it will be allocated to food industries.

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Guatemala: Beans reach Record Prices

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Costa Rica: Milled Rice Imports Triple

February 2012

The increase in the price of local milled rice in 2011, has boosted imports.

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