Rains destroy 23,000 hectares of main crops in Honduras

The rains and floods in the last few days in Honduras have caused over 23,000 hectares of crops to be lost.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

According to information from the Department of Agriculture and Farming, most of the loss are beans and corn, and to a lesser degree rice and sorghum.

The greatest damage was in the Comayagua valley, the lower areas of the Southern Region, especially in the Coast of Amates, in the Cortes department and much of Olancho, especially in the El Patuca region.

Efrain Figueroa, subsecretary of the department, indicated that due to this emergency they will not be able to meet production goals, but said that the government has made some $6 million available in the emergency degree to reactivate sowing, especially corn and beans.

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