Corn in Guatemala: Cultivated Area Falls 14%

For the 2018-2019 agricultural cycle, the cultivated area in the country was 925,101 hectares, 14% less than the 1.07 million reported for the 2017-2018 cycle.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Data from the National Agricultural Survey (ENA), prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), show that in the last agricultural cycle about 149,000 hectares were not cultivated with corn.

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Gustavo Rivas, head of the National Association of Basic Grains, told that "... INE's measurement is 'short', since the reduction in corn cultivation, both for trade and for family consumption, is much broader. The drop in the area of corn cultivation is widespread and we consider it to be more than the estimate presented."

According to Rivas, the areas with the greatest drop in cultivated area are the Northern Transversal Strip, Ixcán, Petén and the Southern Coast. This decline in production is due to "... the effects of climate change, specifically floods and droughts that hit the producer and are not replenished. On the other hand, there is the discouragement of prices, since it is not profitable to produce and margins have been substantially reduced."

CentralAmericaData reports that in the first half of the year the main buyer according to the value of corn imports in Central America continued to be Guatemala with $138 million, followed by Costa Rica with $87 million, El Salvador with $83 million, Honduras with $65 million, Panama with $39 million and Nicaragua with $26 million.

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