Guatemala to Import Grains for $8.8 million

To compensate for the reduction in local production, the government plans to allocate $8.8 million for the purchase of 39,000 hundredweight of beans and 230,000 hundredweight of corn.

Monday, November 24, 2014

In the period from January to August 2014, the government imported maize from the United States and Mexico, and in the case of beans, 60% was purchased from the US, 20.3% from Canada, 11.4% from China, 6.7% from Nicaragua and the rest 1.5% from Argentina.

Lahora.gt reports that "... According to the Ministry of Agriculture maize production in the last harvest reached 40.7 million, while for beans it was 5.8 million. However, from the middle of the year there was a prolonged heat wave which reduced production by 2.5 million hundredweight for the two basic grains. "

"... Although the acquisition of basic grains abroad are not comparable with the losses that caused the drought itself will reduce the potential impact of product shortages in prices."



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