Authorities in Guatemala are offering $25.57 million in subsidies and loans to provide access to high technology irrigation systems.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (Maga) has created a fund called the Integral Development Program for Areas with Potential for Irrigation and Drainage (Plamar in Spanish), which aims to ensure access to irrigation systems with modern technology.
Compared to the 2,400 cases collected in the summer crop, the winter rains reduced tomato production in up to 75%.
After noting that the local market is being well supplied, the president of the Federation of Agricultural Associations of Guatemala (Fasagua), Eddie Mendoza, was concerned about the amount of tomatoes entering the country coming in from Mexico, which is not supposed to be more than 4 truckloads per month, but he believes that this is the amount entering per day.
The projected increase for 2011 is due to a greater crop area and the establishment of two new packing plants.
The President of the Federation of Agricultural Associations of Guatemala (Fasagua), Eddie Mendoza, noted that new packing facilities are Fresh Del Monte and Guatemalan company Central American Greenhouse, which add to existing Semillas de Campo, Hidroponica de Guatemala and Panorama.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.