Bean Supply in C.A.

Damages to crops caused by recent rains will force the region to import beans again this year, just as in 2009 and 2010.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nicaragua, Central America's main red bean exporter has stated that it will struggle to export beans to the rest of the region due to the climatic conditions that have affected its crops. Approximately 560,000 'manzanas' (40,000 hectares) have been lost.

Samuel Santos, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, indicated that 9% of the land used for growing beans has been lost as a result of the heavy rains seen last month.

Elmundo.com.sv reports further statements by the minister saying that, "this represents an average annual lost harvest worth around $206 million, the equivalent of 3.5% of the country's GDP".

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