Honduras: Plague Affects Corn

Against the spread of the 'tar spot' pest, agricultural authorities initiated technical assistance programs.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, SAG, has made alliances with distributors of agricultural products in order to install technological labs in all experimental stations.

Deputy Agriculture Minister, Juan Artica, said there was an agreement by corn distributors, insecticides and fungicides companies to plant areas of land and provide the appropriate technical assistance to enable testing on plantations, so to determine the methods for slowing the spread of "tar spot."

“We are joining forces to confront this disease and ensure production; companies will help us validate the necessary doses of herbicides and fungicides that are necessary to combat the strain and then the data is transferred to the producer so he can put them into use at their fields," he said.

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El Salvador: Storm Damage Assessment

October 2011

Crops of corn, beans, rice and sorghum have suffered the most damage after rains hit El Salvador for 10 days.

Government officials have assessed the effects of the storm on plantations throughout the country, and the results are not very optimistic.

The number of bushels of grains that were lost amounts to 1.6 million, as calculated by producers and the Ministry of Agriculture, who is in charge of the analysis.

Nicaragua: Droughts Affect 30% of Harvest

November 2009

The Agriculture Ministry reported that recent droughts could have affected 30% of the second harvest of the year.

Ariel Bucardo Rocha, Agriculture Minister, reported that 37 municipalities of the country were severely affected.

Laprensa.com.ni published further comments by the minister: "We believe that in the hardest hit municipalities, production will fall, because some farmers did not seed, or because there was a lack of water. The 30% figure is preliminary...".

Losses of $4.7 Million in Guatemalan Crops

August 2009

Corn, bean and potatoes were the most affected by droughts, floods and frost.

This was reported by Agriculture Minister Mario Aldana, who added that over 12.000 hectares have been damaged in 16 out of the 22 departments of Guatemala.

"According to the Geology, Meteorology and Hydrology Ministry, known as Insivumeh, climate change will negatively impact agricultural production in 2009", said newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.

Rains in Honduras affect 50% of the crop

July 2008

Losses of up to 50 percent of the seeded acreage of corn due to recent heavy rains have been reported in some parts of the country.

"In Olancho in the northwest and in other communities there have been more than 16 straight days of rain," said the president of Prograno, Luis Donaire. "They have lost almost 50 percent of their corn crop.

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