Panama to Improve Yam Production

In order to improve production, yam plants and new varieties will be imported from Cuba.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

With an investment of $ 2 million the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) will import 2.5 million yam plants with five new varieties, while also investing in the purchase of irrigation systems.

"With the seeds which are presently used the harvest produces on average about 250 quintals of yams, while with purified seeds it can achieve a yield of up to 500 quintals. The cost of the plants brought into the country ranges from 60 cents to 65 cents each, amount provided by MIDA, entity in charge of distribution to producers," writes Prensa.com.



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A study on soils and capacity for land use in Solola identifies the potential, both in agriculture and agroforestry, in various zones, in order to achieve optimal production capacity.

According to Miguel Duro, director of the Department of Geographic Information and Strategic Risk Management at the Maga (Digegr), in charge of the Semi-detailed Soil Survey and Land use Capacity 1:50 k scale, both exporters and local producers will benefit from the report.

Panama: Government Promises to Buy Agricultural Production

April 2013

Besides buying red beans, black beans and rice, agreements have been made for the regulation of imports, seeking funding for the sector, and production insurance payments.

The agreement reached between producers and the Government of the country, states that the Institute of Agricultural Marketing (IMA by its initials in Spanish), will buy 50 thousand quintals of red beans at $65 per quintal, and 38,000 quintals of black beans at $45 per quintal.

New Measures for Fostering Salvadoran Agriculture

August 2009

Strengthening modified seeds, legalization of property titles and renovation of coffee plantations are some of the measures.

Other measures announced by the government to boost agricultural production include negotiating of 3 credit lines for at least $300 million.

"Additionally, for livestock breeders, a commission will be created for solving the cattle theft problem", reported La Prensa Gráfica.

The FAO supports small farmers in Central America

December 2008

The initiative will provide aid to small farmers in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

The investment of $12 million will be used to produce 32,000 metric tonnes of seed valued at $52.7 million, according to the Panama America daily.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported that it will support the increase in agricultural production by poor families in more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, by providing better access to basic goods.

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