Costa Rican Agriculture Faces Up to $39 Million in Losses

The Ministry of Agriculture estimates losses of $ 39 million in the wake of storms Nicole and Thomas.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The report by the Regional Operations Authority noted that losses from storm Nicole, last September, amounted to $ 13 million. Preliminary reports put the damage caused by Tomas tropical storm at $26 million.

"That amount will increase, as the impact has not been quantified entirely in the various agricultural regions in which the country is divided," published Nacion.com.

The Ministry of Agriculture announced an assistance plan for those farmers who suffered the worst losses.

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Losses of $ 78 Million in Guatemalan Agriculture

January 2011

Climate problems in 2010 left $ 78.3 million in losses.

Data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food reported damage to 80.262 hectares of crops and 567 hectares of forest.

"Out of the total losses, $ 65 million were crops, $ 7.8 million in destruction of irrigation infrastructure, $ 3.2 million in the livestock sector, $ 760,000 in forestry and $ 1.5 million in hydro-biological," reports Prensalibre.com.

Multi-million Dollar Losses in Guatemalan Agriculture

September 2010

The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts $3.2 million worth of losses, mainly in crops of white corn.

The heavy rains that have been falling since 28 August have flattened 4,852 hectares of corn, which represents a loss of $2.6 million.

The Minister for Agriculture, Juan Alfonso De León, explained that while around 300,000 hundred weight of grain will no longer enter the market due to the rain, production is still expected to exceed 29 million sacks in the current harvest, according to Prensalibre.com. "We do not expect to have to resort to an import contingency plan," he said.

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

Losses of $2 Million in Costa Rican Crops

September 2009

The lack of rain is affecting farmers, causing the loss of 1.500 rice hectares, and threatening an additional 3.500.

The most affected areas are the province of Guanacaste and the Central Pacific. In the case of the latter, 6.000 planted hectares could output an under-performing harvest.

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