Tuesday, 16 August 2022 03:41

Corn and bean harvest will not meet 2022 food demand: CAMPO

Written by Evelyn Alas

The President of the Cámara Salvadoreña de Pequeños y Medianos Productores Agropecuarios (CAMPO), Luis Treminio, said this morning that projections show that the food demand for basic grains, will not be covered this year because the planting this year has been less than that of 2021 and one of the influential factors has been the high cost of agricultural inputs.

According to the minister, the projections for the agricultural cycle indicate that 60% of the corn harvested between may and june is already guaranteed, and the average harvest for consumption in 2023 will be 11 million 250 thousand quintals. He said that 18 million 800 thousand quintals are needed to cover the national demand for this basic grain.

He also said that he has spoken with the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Enrique Parada, so that they begin to validate organic fertilizers and eco minerals that are a solution to food sovereignty and could help reduce production costs.

The 3 million quintals of corn that will not be harvested for domestic consumption, according to Luis Treminio, will have to be imported.

In the case of beans for next year's food consumption, 2 million 250 thousand quintals have been projected, and during the remainder of august, approximately 75% of beans will be sown. In addition, 100% of sorghum will be sown during the same month.


In order to cover 100% of bean demand, 2 million 450 thousand quintals are needed, which is 100 thousand quintals less than last year.


He said that agricultural inputs have increased their prices to 70% for the crop, for example, last year planting an apple of corn cost US$475 and in 2022 it will cost US$830.