Guatemalan Banana Production Down 18%

The latest rains have affected hundreds of hectares of plantain and banana crops with losses estimated to be in the region of $2 million.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The report by Guatemala's agricultural chamber also indicates damage to processing plants and the banana plantations' internal roads.

Prensalibre.com reports part of the chamber's communication, "one in five bananas produced last year have been lost in these harvests".

Most losses occurred in plantations located around Izabal, Escuintla, Suchitépequez, Retalhuleu, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.

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Guatemala: $13 million Losses in Banana Crops

October 2011

Heavy rains in plantations have been responsible for losses of up to 10% of banana crops.

The president of the Association of Independent Banana Producers in Guatemala said that plantations have been affected by floods and lack of sunlight. "All these conditions are also conducive to the emergence of strains of fungi, known as ‘tip rot’, ‘water spots’ and ‘ripe stains’."

12,000 Hectares of Sugar Cane Damaged in Guatemala

September 2010

The impact of the rain on 12k hectares is expected to cause a 2.5 million hundredweight drop in sugar production.

Armando Boesche, general manager of the Association of Guatemalan Sugar Producers (Asazgua), indicated that the 2010-11 sugar harvest is forecast to be 48.4 million hundredweight, 5% less than in 2009-10.

Multi-million Dollar Losses in Guatemalan Agriculture

September 2010

The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts $3.2 million worth of losses, mainly in crops of white corn.

The heavy rains that have been falling since 28 August have flattened 4,852 hectares of corn, which represents a loss of $2.6 million.

The Minister for Agriculture, Juan Alfonso De León, explained that while around 300,000 hundred weight of grain will no longer enter the market due to the rain, production is still expected to exceed 29 million sacks in the current harvest, according to Prensalibre.com. "We do not expect to have to resort to an import contingency plan," he said.

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

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