Nicaragua seeks to be self sufficient in rice production

Nicaragua still has a 40% deficit in its rice production and has not been able to satisfy the national demand.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Rice Farmers Union is supported by the Nicaraguan Institute of Farming Technology (INTA) and the Taiwanese Technical Mission to produce new varieties and improve existing ones in order to increase rice production.

Towards this end, the Taiwanese Technical Mission recently presented its progress in genetic improvements and production of rice seeds, the result of cooperation that the entity has been providing to INTA.

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Sharp Decline in Rice Planting in Panama

June 2015

The amount of land area planted with rice has declined, going from 102,590 hectares in the crop year 2013-2014 to 87,940 in the period 2014-2015.

The rice crop was down 11.2% in the last crop year, equivalent to 711,200 hundredweight less. The largest decline was recorded in the province of Bocas del Toro, where planting decreasing by 62.5% in the fourth quarter.

Panama Will Need to Import More Rice in 2012

November 2011

Domestic production from this agricultural cycle will leave a shortfall of 9,000 hectares.

While the Panamanian rice sector has never been able to satisfy domestic demand, in this cycle it will be even more dependent on imports. In 2010, 64,400 hectares were planted and 1.2 million bushels of grain had to be imported, while at present only 57,456 have been planted, falling far short of the projected target of 68,000.

Rice Production and Prices in Panama

May 2009

Local production of the grain is increasing and approaching self-sufficiency figures, while prices are stable.

The cost of supplies has fallen considerably (50%), which enables an increase in planted area and it could exceed 70 thousand hectares, with yields in excess of 100 thousand quintals per hectare in 2009. In this manner, there would be enough production to achieve self-sufficiency.

Rice cultivation to be maintained in Nicaragua

January 2009

An area similar to the one from last year, that is, between 20 and 23 thousand parcels (blocks) of rice are scheduled to be planted from December to January.

According to the, "Fernando Mansell, president of the Nicaraguan Rice Farmers Association, ANAR, said that they fear the planting of lowland rice, which occurs between December and January, could decrease compared to last year, however since prices have improved, farmers are encouraged to plant.

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