Record harvest of basic grains in El Salvador

The production of basic grains in the country reached its highest level in the last five years, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The grain that grew the most was beans, which increased 84.5% over the 2005-2006 harvest. The second most production was by sorghum, which increased 40%. This was followed by maize which increased 37.4%. The grain that grew the least was rice, at only 35.5% or almost 775 quintals. The country still has a rice shortage, importing approximately 70% of the demand, according to the director of Agricultural Economy, Luis Felipe Trigueros.



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