An increase has been foreseen in diseases affecting coffee crops in September and October, due to the transition of from severe drought to above normal rainfall.
From a statement issued by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture:
San Jose, September 12, 2016 (IICA).The transition from severe drought to rainfall above normal that occurred between 2014 and 2015 put Central American countries on alert, as they could face a surge in diseases affecting coffee crops, such as rust and 'ojo de gallo' in some areas of the region.
Between 2008 and 2013 the size of areas sown with rice in the north of the country increased by 92% and in the Caribbean coast they declined by 86%.
The moisture level of the soil together with other related factors to climate and characteristics of each area have led rice farmers to shift the main areas of cultivation from the Atlantic region to the Northern region.
Progress is being made on an environmental law which establishes regulations to prevent and respond to climate change threats.
The Framework Law to Regulate the Reduction of Vulnerability, Compulsory Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases creates a National Council as a regulating body and will be represented by members of the government, rural organizations, municipalities, and environmentalists in addition to the private sector.
Loans totaling $10 million will reduce vulnerability of rural communities and facilitate the adaptation of agricultural producers to climate change
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved two loans totaling $10 million to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities in Nicaragua affected by climate change through a program to manage and conserve natural resources and protect watersheds.
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