El Salvador: Reduction in Grain Production Predicted

It has been estimated that the agricultural cycle 2017/18 will close with a production of 19 million hundredweight of maize, 2.2 million hundredweight of sorghum and 1.3 million hundredweight of beans.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Salvadoran Chamber of Small and Medium-sized Agricultural Producers (Campo) foresees a reduction in most grains, mainly due to an expected reduction in the delivery of agricultural parcels on the part of the government to small and medium producers.

Luis Alberto Treminio, president of Campo, explained to Elmundo.sv that "... The projection for maize cultivation for the first planting, from May to June, is 16.1 million hundredweight, for the second, from August to September,  is of 1.9 million, and the third, from November to December, will be 950,000 hundredweight, and a total of 19 million hundredweight of corn is expected to be produced in 380,000 'manzanas' [a unit of 6,961 m2]."

"... For beans, predictions are that the first planting will amount to 264,600 hundredweight, the second of 992,250 and the third will be 66,000 units. At the end of the agricultural cycle, they anticipate 1.3 million being cultivated in 90 'manzanas' of land. Campo indicated that the sorghum cultivation, done in August and September, will be 2.2 million hundredweight, while rice production (pellets) will be 752,000. Tramminio pointed out that the projections do not include the possible effects of the drought period."

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