El Salvador: 740,000 Quintals of Beans At Risk

After heavy rainfall, about 742,500 quintals of beans are reported to be endangered.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The moisture caused by rainfall has generated a fungus attack in 40% of the cultivated area, said Oscar Albanian, director of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA).

An article in Elmundo.com.sv quoted the senior executive as saying, "Before this rainfall, between 30 and 35% of beans (in the cultivated area) were damaged by fungi (...) now it is 40% that is at serious risk of being lost. "

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Guillermo López Suárez, faced with this situation said that taking into account the losses there will be 45,000 quintals available to be traded.

As a precaution, the APA is suggesting that the Government, once the rains have passed, provide farmers with fungicides in order to mitigate losses.



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