Heavy Rains Affect Vegetable Crops in Panama

The climate phenomenon known as "La Niña" has caused up to 40% losses in some cultivations.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Virgilio Saldaña, president of Panama's Highland Region Growers' Association; indicated that to make matters worse production costs have soared, in some cases by as much as 50%.

"The situation is deeply concerning for producers, particularly of onions, lettuces, carrots, peppers and potatoes, which have not grown sufficiently due to the low temperatures," reports P-digital.com.pa.

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Costa Rica: Price of Vegetables Increases due to Rains

August 2010

The climate phenomenon known as "La Niña" has led to losses of vegetable crops and sharp price rises of up to 100%.

Between 5 June and 21 August, the price of tomatoes, for example, have gone from $1.08 per kilo to over $2 while peppers are up from $0.22 to $0.43, according to Costa Rica's National Production Council.

Rain Causes Losses of $2.5 million for Pineapple Industry

October 2011

In Costa Rica, October’s excessive rain has caused losses of $2.5 million in the sector.

Abel Chaves, president of the Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep in Spanish) explained that the losses include damage to plantations, delays in the preparation of crop areas, damage to farm infrastructure (bridges, canals and roads) and increases in transportation costs to ports of embarkation.

Storm Causes $112 Million Losses in El Salvador

June 2010

Tropical Storm Agatha caused $112.1 million in losses in infrastructure and agriculture.

The government is shifting funds from other budgets to handle the damages. Preliminary reports estimate that $44.1 million is required for the country’s infrastructure and $68.8 to cover losses in crops.

Serious Problems in Nicaraguan Coffee Sector

November 2012

Rust and anthracnose are affecting the coffee plantations in several of the country’s regions, with an estimated loss of 10% in the current crop.

The disease known as coffee rust has increased in various departments and the plantations in Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Boaco, are affected. Some producers from Las Segovias estimated losses of up to 10% of their harvest.

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