Basic Grains: El Salvador with Lower Production

Partly because of the reported drought between June and July 2018, the estimated production of basic grains for the 2018/2019 agricultural cycle is 19.5 million quintals, 20% less than in the previous period.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Salvadoran Chamber of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers (Campo) estimates that for the 2018/2019 agricultural cycle corn cultivation in the country will rise 14.5 million quintals, 31% less than reported in the period 2017/2018.

You may be interested in "Corn: Imports up to June 2018"

In the case of beans, production will be 1.5 million quintals, 20% less than that reported in the previous cycle. On the other hand, sorghum and rice would not register significant variations.

Luis Treminio, president of the Campo, explained that "... The severe drought of up to 40 days in some areas of the country, developed between June and July, and excessive rainfall in October by the passage of Hurricane Michael, left a production of agricultural 2018/2019 cycle of 19.5 million quintals of basic grains, a volume lower than the 23.4 million obtained in the previous period."

Also see "Rice import figures up to June 2018"

The article adds that "... The guild considered that the economic losses, both because of drought and rains, reached $35 million. Of that amount, $28 million corresponds to 6.4 million quintals of corn not produced and $7 million is attributed to the 822,000 quintals of beans damaged."

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