Low Agricultural Productivity in Nicaragua


TODAY NICARAGUA – Between 2013 and 2014 coffee yields increased from 11.9 hundredweight produced per acre to 11.8, rice fell from 89.7 to 71.4 hundredweight, and beans fell from 12.8 to 11.8.

Reports from the Central Bank of Nicaragua show that also yields of sesame also decreased, going from 11.5 hundredweight per acre in 2013 to 8 hundredweight per hectare in 2014. With regard to coffee, Nicaragua is one of the countries with the lowest yield per hectare planted “… surpassed by El Salvador, but below Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.”

The 2014 annual report on macroeconomic statistics published by the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN), states that “… In the coffee cycle 2014-2015, the area harvested mounted to 164.700 hectares, which produced 1 million 950 thousand hundredweight with an average yield of 11.8 hundredweight per acre. ”

In regards to this, coffee producer, Dionisio Lanzas, said “… Lower yields of the product are due to the fact that this has been a category which has been widely neglected in recent years. We do have excellent quality, but yields are very bad. Most coffee plantations in the country are more than 30 years old, that causes low yields per acre. ”

Read the full report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua here .

Source: elnuevodiario.com.ni