"In Olancho in the northwest and in other communities there have been more than 16 straight days of rain," said the president of Prograno, Luis Donaire. "They have lost almost 50 percent of their corn crop.
Donaire said the corn has progressed past the primary stage and it is too late in the season to reseed.
The government estimates that this year's production will total about 22 million quintals of basic grains and two million quintals of beans. Corn production will be about 15 million quintals.
A quintal is equivalent to about 46 kilograms, or just over 100 imperial pounds.
The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts $3.2 million worth of losses, mainly in crops of white corn.
The heavy rains that have been falling since 28 August have flattened 4,852 hectares of corn, which represents a loss of $2.6 million.
The Minister for Agriculture, Juan Alfonso De León, explained that while around 300,000 hundred weight of grain will no longer enter the market due to the rain, production is still expected to exceed 29 million sacks in the current harvest, according to Prensalibre.com. "We do not expect to have to resort to an import contingency plan," he said.
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