Nicaragua aims to sell beans to El Salvador

Nicaragua's government aims to become the nation's leading exporter of beans if it can seal a deal to sell 125,000 quintals (1 metric quintal = 100 kg) to El Salvador.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Yolanda Mayora de Gavidia, El Salvador's economy minister, said that her country's agriculture ministry would acquire the beans under what would be a government-to-government transaction.
Private-sector traders in both countries have complained that the proposal would amount to unfair competition.



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Economist and sociologist Cirilo Otero said that selling beans to El Salvador through the state-owned National Basic Food Company is a "disguised form of nationalization."

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January 2012

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The export of Nicaraguan kidney beans to Costa Rica and El Salvador went back to normal last weekend after phytosanitary certificates were delivered by the authorities, announced the National Association of Bean Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN).

El Salvador to Double Bean Imports

November 2009

In light of important losses caused by tropical storm Ida, the country plans to double bean imports in 2010.

During the past years, imports have accounted for 10% of total consumption, reported the Agriculture Ministry. This figure would increase to 20% in 2010.

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El Salvador Evaluates Bean and Corn Purchase

July 2010

The country's Farming Ministry (MAG) is considering whether to purchase grains outside Central America in order to avoid food scarcity.

The heavy rains have led to corn losses and put the bean harvest at risk. There is also the added risk of reduced harvests in Nicaragua, El Salvador's main bean supplier.

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