Nicaragua: Cotton Production Stagnant

The government plan aimed to have a growth of 407% in planted area and double the crop yield.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

However, the reality has ended up being well below expectations. The planted area reached only 650 hectares, a figure even lower than in the previous harvest, when 1.709 hectares were planted.

Of the 16 farmers who planted in 2011/12, only half did so this time. Many prefer not to talk about it, as they owe a million dollars to Alba-Caruna in loans.

"It was expected that producers who belong to the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG) would be incorporated into the project, with the planting of 4,000 hectares.

Nevertheless, the problems caused by the location of their land and fear of pests caused them to withdraw", published

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Strong Backing of Robusta Coffee in Nicaragua

October 2013

About 20 thousand acres are to be planted with the grain in the next few years, in order to produce up to one million quintals of coffee.

This was stated by the President of MerconCoffee Group, José Antonio Baltodano. "In the Atlantic Coast there should now be planted 2,500 hectares of robusta, whose production potential within three years could be about 100 million quintals, which would mostly be for export as local consumption is mostly of instant coffee and is small," he explained.

Nicaragua: Rice Producers in Trouble

March 2013

Rice farmers are overwhelmed by the increase in production costs which can exceed the final price paid by intermediaries and even that paid by consumers.

According to Alvaro Fiallos, president of the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG), said "rice production has become unprofitable.

Nicaragua Tries Boosting Bean Crops

October 2011

Productive organizations have formed an alliance in order to promote the use of organic fertilizers in the cultivation of beans.

By using these inoculants, growers expect to gain an increase of between 30% and 40% in productivity.

About 3,500 small farmers in the departments of Esteli, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, Chinandega, Carazo, Masaya, Boaco, the RAAN and RAAS, are taking part in the program.

Nicaragua in Need of $200 for Seed-Time

April 2010

200.000 small and medium growers require funding to sow 400.000 squares with basic grains.

Development bank Produzcamos has only $50 million, which by law it must distribute among the different sectors of the country.

UNAG, the National Union of Farmers and Breeders, reported that private banks are not granting loans, even though they have enough liquidity.

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