Jacobo Regalado, Secretary of Agriculture, pointed that the organization is waiting for the final data to determine if they buy from those countries.
“In the capital city markets there are rumors of a shortage of beans, and the cost of five pounds is between 63 and 65 lempira, even more depending on the quality. In the wholesale market, five pounds were sold for 60, one lempira more than past week”.
Basic grain producers say the import quotas announced by the Government are not necessary.
Mario Sanchez, a local grower, says imports are not necessary and that there are enough beans to supply the domestic market.
Proceso.hn reported statements from James Regan, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, "We, with full transparency, try to make decisions so that we can achieve a more cost effective supply for the domestic consumers, but to also be able to expand our product to new markets".
Given the shortage in the local and regional market, Gumarsal will import beans from the African country.
Wilfredo Guerra, import manager of Gumarsal, indicated that it is negotiating the import of a considerable amount.
The manager added to Elsalvador.com, "Nicaragua, for example, still holds more than three thousand quintals of beans which could be marketed in the country, but due to customs problems it has not been able to enter. Guerra said that he asked the Ministry of Agriculture to negotiate this with their counterpart in Nicaragua, but so far it has received no response."
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