Honduras: Farmers Oppose Bean Import

Basic grain producers say the import quotas announced by the Government are not necessary.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mario Sanchez, a local grower, says imports are not necessary and that there are enough beans to supply the domestic market.

Proceso.hn reported statements from James Regan, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, "We, with full transparency, try to make decisions so that we can achieve a more cost effective supply for the domestic consumers, but to also be able to expand our product to new markets".

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El Salvador to Import Beans from China

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To meet domestic demand, the government announced the import of 9.000 tons of red beans from China.

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September 2010

Facing a 30% loss in the first harvest, the Secretary of Agriculture is evaluating whether to import the grain.

Jacobo Regalado, Secretary of Agriculture, pointed that the organization is waiting for the final data to determine if they buy from those countries.

“In the capital city markets there are rumors of a shortage of beans, and the cost of five pounds is between 63 and 65 lempira, even more depending on the quality.

Salvadoran Governments Asks Companies to Import Beans

September 2010

Facing a potential shortage of beans, the government will ask companies to import the product directly.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farming (MAG for its acronyms in Spanish) doesn't have enough resources to import beans itself.

This shortage of shortage has been driving up the cost of the grain: "Silk Beans oscillate between $85 and $90 per quintal. A pound is paid $1,00 in the domestic market and it could reach $1.23."

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