With southern Mexico still reeling from the “earthquake of a century” that killed at least 90 people and has affected 2.3 million people in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca alone, the country is also recovering from another disaster that has affected agricultural crops.
Yesterday Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) provided an update on the effects of “extraordinary rainfall” over the past three weeks.
“SAGARPA’s preliminary report reported that the states have Colima, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Veracruz and Yucatán have presented notices of losses for more a bit more than 138,000 hectares of crops such as corn, beans, barley, chiles, broad beans, chayotes, bananas, cotton, apples, walnuts and coffee,” the ministry said.
SAGARPA said field inspections have taken place across 53,718 hectares so far and have identified total losses of 42,219 hectares.
The ministry said insurance of up to 2.436 million MXN (US$137.5 million) will be covered under one of the government’s schemes.
On a positive note, SAGARPA highlighted the phenomenon also brought drought relief to growers in some states which had experienced dry conditions in recent years but now had seen a substantial recharge in aquifers and dams.
It’s time for pigmentation, and the long-awaited blood oranges - unique in the world due to their nutritional value, their red colour and their vibrant flavour - their perfume and flavour will be excellent this year, thanks to what has so far been a favourable climate. The countdown begins for distribution in Italy and abroad, and in Madrid from 18 to 20 October, Oranfrizer wants to show the difference it can make.
Smiles were evident among the residents of several communities in Izabal, after receiving dozens of boxes of bananas from charity representatives.