A press release by the Presidency of the Republic of El Salvador reads:
The President, Mauricio Funes, said today that this year they are expecting to have a bumper crop of corn and beans, and consider this to be part of the first results of the Family Farming Plan.
According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture the harvest is expected to be 19.6 million quintals of corn, nearly 3 million quintals more than last year and more than ever in recent history. They also expected bean production of 2.7 million quintals, according to the intentions expressed by seed producers, almost double last year.
"This is especially important because if the forecasts are met, for the first time the country will have more than its domestic demand for beans. That is to say, we would not need to import beans from anywhere, because the beans produced in El Salvador will be more than enough to meet the population’s consumption needs", said President Funes.
The productions this year will translate into revenues of $870 million for the sector. The president stressed that this means a virtuous circle that only brings benefits to El Salvador, because farmers get more income, create new jobs and consumers benefit from better food prices.
Source: Presidencia de la República El Salvador
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According to the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 30 million quintals of basic grains are expected this year.
The country has invested $30 million on an improved seed and fertilizer program thus far, looking for increased productivity.
Carlos A. Torres reported statements by Agriculture Minister Mario Salaverría in his article in elsalvador.com: "We expect a harvest of 22 million quintals of corn (the country consumes 17 million) and 2.8 million quintals of beans, of which the country will consume 2.5 million quintals and export 200 thousand quintals."
Salvadoran farmers are projecting a harvest of between 17 and 17.5 million quintals of corn.
The president of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA), Oscar Albanez, said they have the required factors for a very good harvest, "Winter in May was better than average.
MAG expects to increase the production of basic grains for the 2009-2010 harvest by 8%.
Felipe Luis Trigueros, director of Agricultural Economics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), said that expectations are due to the 4% increase in area sown and because improved seeds, fertilizers and materials worth $30 million will be delivered to producers.
The country would output 15% more red beans and white corn when comparing to the previous cycle, according to estimates by the Agriculture Ministry.
Minister Manuel Sevilla explained that these improved forecasts are in response to increased rainfall in El Salvador.
“Increased rainfall during April means that weather phenomena ‘El Niño’, which causes droughts, could be losing strength earlier than anticipated”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.