"Regarding premium bean production, the Ministry is expecting 1.3 million quintals, from 100.000 blocks. For rice, the institution is expecting 1.150.000 quintals, and sees possible, along the harvest, to increase output in over 500.000 additional quintals", reported newspaper "El Nuevo Diario".
In the case of beans, the goal was to plant 110 thousand hectares, but 112,000 were planted. In corn, the number of hectares increased from 304,000 to 315,000.
From a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry:
Production expectations in both beans and corn, are excellent assured the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Ariel Bucardo, during a meeting of the Bean Council, involving producers, exporters and government officials.
Weather and price conditions bode well for the current crop, which is scheduled for mid August.
Mid-August will see the start of corn and beans harvesting, which is expected to be very positive due to the favorable climate and production conditions.
These good conditions, coupled with the prices of grains, have allowed authorities to foresee very good results from the harvest of about 7.7 million quintals of white corn, 1.41 million quintals of beans and 1.91 million quintals of upland rice .
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 30 million quintals of basic grains are expected this year.
The country has invested $30 million on an improved seed and fertilizer program thus far, looking for increased productivity.
Carlos A. Torres reported statements by Agriculture Minister Mario Salaverría in his article in elsalvador.com: "We expect a harvest of 22 million quintals of corn (the country consumes 17 million) and 2.8 million quintals of beans, of which the country will consume 2.5 million quintals and export 200 thousand quintals."
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