Guatemala: $280 million for Irrigation

The Ministry of Agriculture aims to improve the productive capacity of the country through a policy of irrigation water management.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The initiative includes four components, among which is the creation of dams or reservoirs which store water during the rainy season for use in irrigation during the dry season.

"It's a big but strategic investment which the country needs to take in order to avoid a lot of problems due to climate change," says the Rural Economic Development Deputy Minister, Carlos Anzueto.

The Minister of Agriculture, Elmer Lopez, said there is already a government agreement behind the initiative, and that the government is going to look out for "appropriate irrigation technology, which will cost about $280 million" over five years.

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Panama: Government Promises to Buy Agricultural Production

April 2013

Besides buying red beans, black beans and rice, agreements have been made for the regulation of imports, seeking funding for the sector, and production insurance payments.

The agreement reached between producers and the Government of the country, states that the Institute of Agricultural Marketing (IMA by its initials in Spanish), will buy 50 thousand quintals of red beans at $65 per quintal, and 38,000 quintals of black beans at $45 per quintal.

$170 million In Irrigation Works Announced

November 2012

Panama's government has unveiled projects for supporting farming in order to encourage greater productivity, with a total cost of $211 million.

A statement from the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) reads:

Over $170 million will be spent on irrigation systems in productive areas of the country, about 33.5 million in producer support programs (Act 24, Act 25, Rural Pro and others), $6 million in direct assistance to small producers and over $2 million on Production Roads, which makes a total of $211.5, part of the investments being carried out by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), in order to achieve the required productivity to achieve efficiency domestic production.

El Salvador: $5 million in Irrigation Infrastructure

January 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture has allocated $5 million for the renovation of irrigation infrastructure for 2012.

The Minister of the department, Guillermo Lopez, announcement the investment, the largest in the $107 million project portfolio planned for the year by the entity.

Panama: Irrigation Projects Worth $600 Million

August 2010

Panama's Ministry for Farming Development (Mida) plans to contruct two irrigation projects next year.

One of the projects will be located in Veraguas while the other is in Santa María, both in the centre-west of the country.

"These works add to irrigation projects already underway in the country such as “Remigio Rojas” in Chiriquí and El Caño in Coclé, for which $65.3 and $1.5 million have been invested respectively," reports

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