Rice cultivation to be maintained in Nicaragua
An area similar to the one from last year, that is, between 20 and 23 thousand parcels (blocks) of rice are scheduled to be planted from December to January.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
According to the elnuevodiario.com.ni, "Fernando Mansell, president of the Nicaraguan Rice Farmers Association, ANAR, said that they fear the planting of lowland rice, which occurs between December and January, could decrease compared to last year, however since prices have improved, farmers are encouraged to plant.
Domestic production from this agricultural cycle will leave a shortfall of 9,000 hectares.
Calculations by associations of rice farmers in Panama indicate that the total hectares planted this year is less than 40,000, well below the 76,000 that was grown between 1999 and 2001.
Rice growers are committed to producing 100 million quintals more than in the previous crop and the government is committed to buying 100% of the production, but at the same price as last year.
Having been affected in the last two years by losses in this category, the state insurance provider has suspended the issuance of policies for rain fed rice harvests, and plans to make changes to the insurance terms.
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