9% Rise in Sugar Production in El Salvador

The Sugar Association of El Salvador expects an 8.8% increase in the 2011/12 harvest, as compared to the previous cycle.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Producers and refineries anticipate production to total 625,000 metric tons of sugar and 210,000 of molasses, a considerable increase on the previous cycle, when there were 574,000 tons of sugar and 197,000 of molasses.

The union said that the plantations were not greatly affected by the rains, but that there was some damage to the road infrastructure they use.

43% of production caters to the domestic market, while the remainder is exported, mainly to destinations such as Canada, Mexico and South America.

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Increased Banana Production in Nicaragua

November 2013

During the period January-July 2012-2013 production increased from 1.2392 million to 1.3074 million boxes of bananas.

However, export revenues were down 13% from $2.2 million in the first eight months of 2012 to $1.9 million in the same period of 2013. The decrease is due to the decrease in the international prices of bananas, according to the Center for Export Processing (CETREX).

Nicaragua Will Plant 70,000 Ha of Beans

October 2010

Domestic producers are seeking to reverse the shortage of grain present in the country and the region.

In the coming weeks, 70,000 hectares of beans will be planted, so that there is sufficient inventory starting December.

Laprensagrafica.com reports, "Nicaragua and other countries in the region face a severe shortage of red beans, as rains in the last month damaged crops and grain exporters prioritized their foreign sales.”

Guatemala guarantees growth of corn production of up to 30 per cent

May 2008

The Government of Guatemala says that the harvest of white corn will grow by as much as 30 per cent this year, enough to satisfy local demand and possibly even to export some surplus to el Salvador.

Guatemala's Minister of Agriculture, Raúl Robles, said the government's Basic Grain Emergency Plan will ensure that white corn production will rise to 36.5 million quintals. A quintal weighs 101.5 pounds, or just over 46 kilograms.

Costa Rica: melon growers lost an additional 5% of their harvest

April 2008

Heavy rainfall during the last two weeks affected an additional 5% of the melon production in Guanacaste (Costa Rica). Growers lost already 35% of their crop (about 77,000 tons) of the projected harvest for this year.

This reduction was the result of an unexpected rainy season since December 2007. Excessive humidity generated more diseases and hampered ripening.

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