El Salvador to Receive 90,000 Hundredweight of Chinese Beans

The country has already seen 180,000 hundredweight of beans arrive on its shores this year, 40% more than in the same period in 2010, which has stabilized prices.

Friday, April 8, 2011

On April 20, 75% of the 90,000 hundred weight bean shipment will arrive, which have been purchased from China, according to Guillermo López Suárez, head of El Salvador's Agriculture and Farming Ministry (MAG in Spanish). The rest is due at the end of the month or the beginning of May.

López Suárez comments that it was necessary for the government to make these purchases in order to put pressure on the private sector to act accordingly. However, a lack of experience on the part of the MAG may explain why an import company, Gumersal, brought black beans from Ethopia just before the government did. He also added that they are looking for a source of beans from within Central America.

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