The amount of areas planted with rice is lower than last year, while corn has grown, generating storage problems.
Capital.com reports that for rice "Over the past year 1.3 million quintals had to be imported and now we have to wait until the end of the harvest in order to determine the amount that will be needed to be brought in from abroad, which is assumed will be greater. "
In 2013 there are plans to plant 100,000 trees of fine aromatic cocoa in order to increase export supply to European chocolate manufacturers.
Elmundo.com.sv reports that "The Cooperative Company of Cocoa Producers in El Salvador (Escacao) is planning in 2013 to increase the fine aromatic cocoa planting. According to Rafael Trigueros Hecht, president of the cooperative, this year some 100,000 cocoa trees, considered the best quality for international export, will be planted. "
Salvadoran Sugar farmers will plant an additional 8,000 acres of the plant between 2012 and 2013.
Between the harvest which will finish in April this year, and the next sowing in October, producers expect an increase in areas planted with sugar cane, said an industry executive.
The executive director of the Association of Sugarcane Growers (Procaña), Luis Trigueros, explained that they predict an extra 8,000 hectares planted by the end of the 2012/2013 harvest. Sugar cane is usually located on flat areas, on the coast and in the north.
Growers explained that banks are not using the special credit line created specifically for them by the Government, which is channeled through the Multi-sector Investment Bank (BMI).
Coffee growers explained that they are unable to start sowing for this season because they lack credit. They expect the government to find a solution, and make these funds available to farmers, stated Ernesto Lima, president of the Union of Salvadoran Coffee Unions (Ucafes).
200.000 small and medium growers require funding to sow 400.000 squares with basic grains.
Development bank Produzcamos has only $50 million, which by law it must distribute among the different sectors of the country.
UNAG, the National Union of Farmers and Breeders, reported that private banks are not granting loans, even though they have enough liquidity. In the words of its president: “they don’t like to loan to the agricultural sector, just to hand-picked clients”.
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.
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