Heavy rains in plantations have been responsible for losses of up to 10% of banana crops.
The president of the Association of Independent Banana Producers in Guatemala said that plantations have been affected by floods and lack of sunlight. "All these conditions are also conducive to the emergence of strains of fungi, known as ‘tip rot’, ‘water spots’ and ‘ripe stains’."
The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts $3.2 million worth of losses, mainly in crops of white corn.
The heavy rains that have been falling since 28 August have flattened 4,852 hectares of corn, which represents a loss of $2.6 million.
The Minister for Agriculture, Juan Alfonso De León, explained that while around 300,000 hundred weight of grain will no longer enter the market due to the rain, production is still expected to exceed 29 million sacks in the current harvest, according to Prensalibre.com. "We do not expect to have to resort to an import contingency plan," he said.
The impact of the rain on 12k hectares is expected to cause a 2.5 million hundredweight drop in sugar production.
Armando Boesche, general manager of the Association of Guatemalan Sugar Producers (Asazgua), indicated that the 2010-11 sugar harvest is forecast to be 48.4 million hundredweight, 5% less than in 2009-10.
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