Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fungus Damaging Corn Crops

Corn crop losses in Guatemala due to a fungus called "black stain" or "asphalt stain" have reached Q25.9 million, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to an agency report, at an average price of Q110 per quintal in the field, the loss would be around 235,932 quintals.

The crop damage occurred on 5,500 hectares of corn. At least 6,500 families are affected.

Areas being monitored include Cobán, Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango; Puerto Barrios y Livingston, Izabal, and the municipality of Ixcán in Quiché. The last area is of greater concern because the bulk of the crop is for consumption by maize farming families.

The agency also announced the delivery of improved seeds for the next crop, the availability of corn for immediate consumption by the families affected, and that there may be a problem with food safety.

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