The most affected areas are the province of Guanacaste and the Central Pacific. In the case of the latter, 6.000 planted hectares could output an under-performing harvest.
Not only agriculture, but also livestock breeding is threatened by the lack of rains, as it "...has affected grass growth, and has dried water streams. The Agriculture Ministry estimates that this will affect livestock weight and reduce milk production", reports local newspaper Nacion.
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 droughts effect on grain crops has made food prices more expensive around the world, and is affecting the economies of Central American countries.
According to an article in Americaeconomia.com there is an increasing threat of low crop yields in major U.S. agricultural states affected by drought and high temperatures recorded during the month of July.
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