Nicaragua: $50 Million Deficit in Agricultural Financing

The Nicaraguan agricultural sector faces a funding shortfall of $50 million for the current production cycle.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Ariel Bucardo, in an interview with La Prensa of Nicaragua, said that the total funding required for the three agricultural cycles is $400 million, and added that "we still do not know how much funding is available."

For his part, Legislator Douglas Alemán noted that "among the government, the financial system, micro-finance companies and the Development Bank, a loan portfolio of $350 million will be put together for 2009, leaving a deficit of $50 million, of which the Ministry "has the hope that micro-finance companies will allot about $25 million more this year."

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