Honduras Faces Bean Shortage

The flooding of 68,754 acres caused the loss of 1.4 million quintals of red beans valued at $43 million.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Hector Hernández, these losses may cause a shortage of food in the country in the coming months.

According to La Tribuna of Honduras, the Government's goal was to have 135 thousand of red beans planted for a production of 2 million quintals. This would have covered national demand and 15% would have been allocated for export.

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Lack of rains could affect corn and bean harvests, explained Salvadoran farmers.

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El Salvador Expects Corn Shortage

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8 million quintals of corn have been lost, revealed a study by Camagro.

The findings by the Salvadoran Agroindustrial Chamber (Camagro) could imply a shortage of corn in the national market, starting July 2010.

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Food scarcity in Central America

May 2008

Beset by constantly rising prices of basic grains in international markets and accelerating inflation due to daily oil price increases, Central America has turned the spotlight onto a food alert which in the short run threatens to cause severe shortages of agricultural products.

With inflation in the region running at an average of six per cent in 2007, Central America is short of wheat, corn, rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, and livestock in the local diet, and must increase grain production.

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