Problems for Rice and Maize in Panama

The amount of areas planted with rice is lower than last year, while corn has grown, generating storage problems.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 reports that for rice "Over the past year 1.3 million quintals had to be imported and now we have to wait until the end of the harvest in order to determine the amount that will be needed to be brought in from abroad, which is assumed will be greater. "

Overall, between mechanized rice and pike rice, projections are for a harvest of about 64,000 hectares, although the goal had been to reach 70,000, said Director of Agriculture, at the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Sebastián Mirones.

For maize, "this year more than 2 million bushels could be harvested, 700,000 bushels more than f last year, thereby ensuring human consumption and providing a surplus in the industry to market, explained Mirones" .

The fact is that this level of production could cause a problem in a country like Panama and currently corn growers are having trouble placing their production in the local market. "Those who buy domestic corn we are giving us lots of conditions and on Monday we have a meeting with Minister Oscar Osorio and with them", said the President of the Association of Corn Growers, Valentin Dominguez.

The leader of the producers referred to importers, who must purchase domestic production in order to get permission to import.
But this is a minor problem, the biggest problem has to do with the facilities of the Silos of La Honda, which last December the authorities undertook to repair and which to date the repairs have not been completed.

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