Guatemala: Pests Threaten Crops

Because of the humidity of the soils, a phenomenon that was caused by the heavy rains generated by the passage of the tropical depressions Eta and Iota, local authorities warn that the crops could be affected by diseases and pests.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

According to representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), crops such as coffee, bananas and vegetables could face the greatest risks.

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Jorge Mario Gómez, MAGA's Plant Health Director, told that "... during the winter there is a risk of fungus and bacteria in the crops, but with these two declines the excess humidity in the soil increased. Now there is a risk in coffee like rust and in bananas it is black sigatoka, as well as in vegetables, because when there is too much water the plant suffocates."

According to Mario Chocooj, coordinator of the Coffee Research Center (Cedicafe) of the National Coffee Association, in the northern region of the country "... there is more humidity than normal. In the central zone and in the southeastern part at this altitude there is no more precipitation, according to the soil humidity maps."

Authorities estimate that the tropical depression Eta caused damage in 108 municipalities and 119,913 hectares in the country. With the rains caused by Iota, 21,383 hectares of crops were damaged, located in 38 municipalities.

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