Through an agreement with the Indian company Apollo International Limited an irrigation project will be developed in the Jamastrán Valley, department of El Paraíso.
A statement from the government of Hondurasexplains that the agreement provides for the construction of 6 drip irrigation modulesusing surface water of the rivers Hato, San Antonio and San Francisco, on which a further 300 dripirrigation systems will be built in small five hectare modules.
The implementation of adequate irrigation infrastructure would provide the conditions needed to produce year-round, raising the productivity of Nicaraguan agriculture.
Lack of infrastructure is preventing taking advantage of the potential of rainwater in the agricultural sector, which relying solely on rain, is able to grow only once year, in the winter period.Data provided by Santiago Jaramillo, agronomist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) indicates that the yield (kg / ha) of crops such as corn and beans could rise from 2125 to 9100in the first case and 675-1500 in the second case.
As part of the Agricultural Plan to be implemented within 5 years, the government has announced that starting 2017 it plans to invest $380 million in recovery of 29 irrigation systems in nine municipalities.
The objective of the plan announced by Morales administration is to improve the irrigation of 3300 hectares of arable land in the nine municipalities in the Dry Corridor. Prensalibre.com reports that the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), Mario Mendez, explained that "... The aim is for the funding to come from the state budget, to be transferred to the budget of the MAGA and to be authorized by the president. "
An announcement has been made of a visit by a trade delegation of Spanish companies specializing in agricultural machinery, on April 18 and 19.
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala informed Prensalibre.com that a trade mission of Spanish business people will be visiting the country on April 18 and 19. It will be formed of 15 entrepreneurs from eight Spanish firms belonging to the Spanish Association of Agricultural Machinery.
The government has canceled a $155 million contract signed in 2012 with the company Hidalgo & Hidalgo, for the construction of an irrigation system in Tonosí.
The resolution by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) states that after having failed to negotiate a solution over the amount that the company must repay the state for an advance which was handed over to start the project, the decision was taken to suspend the agreement .
Banco Hipotecariohas a credit line of $20 million available to purchase and implementation irrigation systems for agricultural entrepreneurs.
From a statement issued by he Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador:
An amount of US $20 million has been allocated by Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador to finance through a credit line the acquisition and implementation of irrigation systems, this a benefit to small and medium agricultural entrepreneurs in the country .
The agricultural chambers in the region are preparing law proposals to be presented in the Central American countries to remove the restrictions on growing GM foods.
Representatives from FECAGRO said the use of agricultural biotechnology allows for improved technology that enables high productivity seeds, reduces agrochemical use, creates more drought-resistant crops that can also be irrigated with salt water and are completely safe for human consumption.
Using a loan from the Italian government the plan is to expand the Valle de Nacaome hydroelectric irrigation project, in the south of the country.
From a statement issued by the President of Honduras:
The governments of Honduras and Italy signed a loan agreement today for 31.5 million euros for the construction of the Nacaome Valley Hydroelectric Irrigation, Project which will contribute to the development of the southern zone.
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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.