Central America Update
September 11, 2018
From the U.S. Dry Bean Council
Central American countries planted their Primera crops April through June under favorable moisture conditions. In late June, however, drought conditions and high temperatures set in, resulting in significant crop losses in several countries.
The northern triangle of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala was hard hit. Reports from Honduras, where the Primera harvest has started, indicate that due to dry conditions half the normal output is expected this year (red beans). In El Salvador, the government issued a red alert for 143 of the country's 262 municipalities and red bean yields will be down. In Guatemala, a reported 43,000 families are at risk of experiencing food shortages due to the drought.