Honduras To Import Beans from U.S.. and Colombia

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

Monday, September 20, 2010

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. In the wholesale market, five pounds were sold for 60, one lempira more than past week”.

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Honduras: Farmers Oppose Bean Import

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

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El Salvador to Import Beans from Ethiopia

January 2011

Given the shortage in the local and regional market, Gumarsal will import beans from the African country.

Wilfredo Guerra, import manager of Gumarsal, indicated that it is negotiating the import of a considerable amount.

The manager added to Elsalvador.com, "Nicaragua, for example, still holds more than three thousand quintals of beans which could be marketed in the country, but due to customs problems it has not been able to enter. Guerra said that he asked the Ministry of Agriculture to negotiate this with their counterpart in Nicaragua, but so far it has received no response."

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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