Plague Hits 70% of Potato Plantations in Honduras

The situation affects approximately 3,500 acres of potato plantations in the west of the country.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The disease is a potato psyllid known as paratrioza and "comes from the USA via Mexico and Guatemala," comments Cristino Melgar from the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation.

"In his expert opinion, the lack of controls to prevent the movement of diseased products is largely responsible for the spread of the plague," reports

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Honduras: Plague Affects Corn

February 2011

Against the spread of the 'tar spot' pest, agricultural authorities initiated technical assistance programs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, SAG, has made alliances with distributors of agricultural products in order to install technological labs in all experimental stations.

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

$1.7 Million Losses for Panamanian Rice Growers

November 2009

Some intense rains after prolonged droughts have negatively affected 1.345 hectares of rice plantations.

Coclé, Herrera and Veraguas are some of the hardest-hit provinces.

"Agriculture Minister Victor Pérez ruled out both the possibility of importing rice, as a potential increase in the grain's price", reported

El Salvador: Corn and Beans Hardest-Hit by Ida

November 2009

"Bajo Lempa" and "Bajo Jiboa" were the most affected by Tropical Storm Ida, according to preliminary reports.

10.000 planted blocks could be lost in those areas, explained Agustín Martínez, president of the Agricultural and Agribusiness Chamber.

"We estimate 5.500 affected blocks in San Miguel-Usulután...", reports

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