Losses of $2 Million in Costa Rican Crops

The lack of rain is affecting farmers, causing the loss of 1.500 rice hectares, and threatening an additional 3.500.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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.

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Costa Rica: Agriculture Lost $6.25 Million Due to Bad Weather

April 2010

Rice, sugar cane and corn have been the most affected by droughts caused by weather phenomena “El Niño”.

1.200 hectares of rice were lost and 5.000 sugar cane hectares were damaged in the province of Guanacaste.

According to a preliminary report, more damage was registered in that region: “2.000 hectares of corn, 122 hectares of watermelon, and minor areas of chili, tomatoes, beans and papaya.

Multi-million Dollar Losses in Guatemalan Agriculture

September 2010

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.

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

Drought Worsens in the U.S.

August 2012

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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