El Salvador Evaluates Bean and Corn Purchase

The country's Farming Ministry (MAG) is considering whether to purchase grains outside Central America in order to avoid food scarcity.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The heavy rains have led to corn losses and put the bean harvest at risk. There is also the added risk of reduced harvests in Nicaragua, El Salvador's main bean supplier.

This has forced the MAG to consider changing its food sourcing strategy in order to to guarantee food security, including the delivery of seeds to low risk zones, reports Elsalvador.com.

Hugo Flores, vice-minister for Agriculture, indicated that in the coming days meetings will be held with importers of basic grains with the aim of negotiating their purchase.

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