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Agricultural industry in El Salvador reports heavy losses due to rainfall

Yesterday, El Salvador's fruit and vegetable producers reported losses of over 6 million dollars due to heavy rainfall associated with tropical storm Eta. Many fields were flooded and the excess water ruined several crops in the country, though El Salvador which hit less hard than other countries of the Northern Triangle, such as Guatemala and Honduras.

The overflowing of the Lempa River and landslides due to the soils' supersaturation which mainly affected the production of 'pipianes,' chili peppers, tomatoes, onions, papaya, cashew, lemon, jocote and others.

In addition to all this, the heavy rains damaged infrastructure such as an irrigation system, mesh installations and tunnels installed by the World Food Program to support producers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an article on plenglish.com¸ the meteorological event already led to rising prices in El Salvador, a country that imports a large part of its consumption of fruits and vegetables, mainly from Guatemala and Honduras, where agriculture will take time to recover.


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