Basic Grains: Fall in 2019-2020 Harvest Expected

In El Salvador, it is projected that in the current agricultural cycle, the corn and bean harvests will fall by 5% and 8%, respectively, compared to what was predicted at the time of planting.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The forecasts of the Chamber of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers (CAMPO) and the National Association of Rural Producers of El Salvador (ANPRES), specify that in the case of corn there are about 20,000 manzanas of crop damaged, which would imply a loss of investment of approximately $19 million.

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Laprensagrafica.com reviews that "... While in the case of beans, producers expected to achieve 2.4 million quintals, but the harvest will be 2.2 million, monetary losses are of the order of almost $8.6 million at production cost. On the other hand, sorghum production will close at 2.7 million quintals, without losses."

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In this context, the overall basic grain harvest for the 2019-2020 cycle is expected to reach 24.6 million quintals.

Regarding government resources for next year, Luis Treminio, president of CAMPO, said that "... We are seeing with concern in relation to the 2020 budget that, instead of increasing the MAG budget, there would be a reduction of $3.4 million, which means 5.2% less than last year."

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October 2020

Although the volume of corn, beans, and rice harvested is projected to increase in El Salvador by 2020, producers' expectations are not encouraging, since prices have fallen to levels insufficient to cover costs due to the import of basic grains.

Forecasts by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) indicate that this year the country's corn harvest will grow by 11%, beans by 30% and rice by 20%.

Basic Grains: El Salvador with Lower Production

February 2019

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.

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.

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August 2018

Because of the drought that is affecting several areas in Central America, in El Salvador, agricultural producers estimate that at least 6.3 million hundredweight of corn, valued at $39 million, have been lost.

Representatives from the Salvadoran Chamber of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers (Campo) said that due to the drought, which lasted up to 40 days in some areas of the country, they have lost more than 6 million hundredweight of corn, valued at $38.6 million.

Good Harvest of Basic Grains Forecasted

June 2012

Salvadoran farmers are projecting a harvest of between 17 and 17.5 million quintals of corn.

The president of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA), Oscar Albanez, said they have the required factors for a very good harvest, "Winter in May was better than average.

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