To meet domestic demand, the government announced the import of 9.000 tons of red beans from China.
With an investment of $ 4.5 million, the shipment would arrive in February and its distribution is to begin in March of next year, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Guillermo López Suárez.
Given the shortage in the local and regional market, Gumarsal will import beans from the African country.
Wilfredo Guerra, import manager of Gumarsal, indicated that it is negotiating the import of a considerable amount.
The manager added to Elsalvador.com, "Nicaragua, for example, still holds more than three thousand quintals of beans which could be marketed in the country, but due to customs problems it has not been able to enter. Guerra said that he asked the Ministry of Agriculture to negotiate this with their counterpart in Nicaragua, but so far it has received no response."
To avoid bean shortages, the country will import around 200,000 sacks from Mexico and Colombia.
Hugo Flores, vice-minister for Agriculture, commented that the purchase of the beans is being carried out as a preventative measure to ensure stocks are sufficient to cope with the possibility of crop failures due to torrential rains.
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