It IS Possible to Improve Agricultural Productivity

In Nicaragua peanuts, sugar cane and tobacco have been held up as examples of how productivity can be increased in agriculture.

Monday, June 2, 2014

In 2006 one hectare of sugar cane in Nicaragua produced 66 tons, and five years later, in 2011, it produced 89 tons. Improvements in the use of technology and the search for the most suitable varieties of canes are part of the strategies that have enabled the industry to achieve outstanding levels of performance when compared with other countries in the region.

"In the case of peanuts, however, keeping abreast of the progress of the crop in the United States and Argentina in terms of farming practices, materials and type of varieties that the market demands, is what has allowed them to compete in the international market. "This means that we have to have laboratories and processing plants with the latest technology, and this has guaranteed us competitiveness in the international market, where Nicaraguan peanuts have a lot of prestige," says Mauricio Zacharias, director of the Peanut Growers Association. "

"In relation to tobacco, increased productivity came about from constant research of varieties, soil analysis, the use of irrigation so as not to depend on the rain and an alliance between cigar manufacturers and small producers to whom they are able to ensure supplies and technical assistance, says the president of the Nicaraguan Association of Tobacco Growers, Nestor Plascencia. "








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