El Salvador: 833.000 Sugar Cane Quintals Under Threat

Lack of rain could mean an output reduction of 7% for this season, when compared to the previous.

Monday, September 21, 2009

If said scenario came true, the country's total sugar cane production for this year would be 11.070.000 quintals, said Manuel Sevilla, Agriculture Minister.

He added: "This reduction could disappear if the level of rains remains the same up to October 15th, because sugar cane would have a chance of growing up to its normal level, and humidity inside the cane could recover", reported local newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.

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Rains Put Nicaraguan Crops At Risk

October 2011

Heavy rains may affect crops of coffee beans and sugar cane.

Producers have been reporting serious effects on the roads leading to plantations and significant problems on the inner walkways, which will makes access to the crops and their removal at harvest time difficult.

El Salvador: 740,000 Quintals of Beans At Risk

October 2011

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

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. "

Maize Crop Could be Lost

April 2011

The early onset of the rainy season and the delay in the delivery of improved seed is threatening production.

The agricultural sector may face significant economic losses in grain production if this years rains are particularly intense.

Industry representatives are worried that the late delivery of seed for planting (which was estimated to arrive May 30 instead of April 15) may significantly affect future harvests.

El Salvador sugarcane planted area declines

November 2008

Sugarcane planted area in El Salvador for 2007/08 decreased 3,000 hectares compared to 2006/07, dropping to 57,000 hectares.

However, sugar recovery yields increased during the 2007/08 harvest mainly due to favorable weather conditions, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache report posted Tuesday on the Foreign Agricultural Services Web site.

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