Rains Put Nicaraguan Crops At Risk

Heavy rains may affect crops of coffee beans and sugar cane.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Producers have been reporting serious effects on the roads leading to plantations and significant problems on the inner walkways, which will makes access to the crops and their removal at harvest time difficult.

"Michael Healy, director of the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (UPANIC in Spanish), told the press that the coffee crop this year will begin in the middle of an emergency created by the storm, which will create large losses for growers."

The industry has already reported losses of about 8,000 bushels, according to the National Coffee Council.

The sugar sector is reporting extra expenses as a consequence of major damage to internal roads.



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