Honduras Faces Bean Shortage
The flooding of 68,754 acres caused the loss of 1.4 million quintals of red beans valued at $43 million.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Hector Hernández, these losses may cause a shortage of food in the country in the coming months.
Lack of rains could affect corn and bean harvests, explained Salvadoran farmers.
Beset by constantly rising prices of basic grains in international markets and accelerating inflation due to daily oil price increases, Central America has turned the spotlight onto a food alert which in the short run threatens to cause severe shortages of agricultural products.
The Agriculture Ministry seeks to assure domestic bean supply, by sowing some 100.000 hectares per year.
8 million quintals of corn have been lost, revealed a study by Camagro.
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