Nicaragua's low productivity

Productivity is lagging in Nicaragua, says an unsigned editorial in the Managua newspaper El Nuevo Diario. It says this is not only because of the limited role the country assigns it as a supplier of cheap primary materials, but also because large producers rely on their revenue sources instead of trying to increase efficiency.

Friday, July 11, 2008

As a result, the editorial says, it's not surprising that agricultural yields in Nicaragua are smaller than in the rest of Central America even though it has better land.
During land reform in the 1980s, many sharecroppers became landowners. However, most of them are small holdings and this has done little to improve yields. The farmers lack inputs such as good seeds, fertilizers, scientific soil preparation, and other strategies.

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