Panama Confirms It Will Import Rice

Worse than expected production is forcing the country to import rice.

Friday, September 25, 2009

This was confirmed by Víctor Pérez, Minister of Agricultural Development, who warned of an even worse situation with the arrival of climate phenomenon "El Niño".

From "Just 19% of the nation's output is done with irrigation systems. 81% of the country's production depends on rain".

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