El Salvador expects a good corn harvest this year

To date, the Salvadoran government has delivered more than 400,000 agricultural packages to grow corn, out of a total of 600,000 that they plan to distribute to producers throughout the country as part of a strategy to guarantee food security, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG).

This initiative of the administration of President Nayib Bukele and the actions of national farmers allow a positive perspective on national production. The head of agriculture, Enrique Parada, explained that as part of the inspections of the use of the seed delivered in the western, central, and paracentral zones, they found fully cultivated land.

«What we observe together with specialists on the subject of corn is that the planted area is quite important. There are no unused portions of land, which means that we are going to have a fairly high production,» said Parada.

The official pointed out that at this time «the crops are young», so it is not yet possible to speak of yields per block, but there is a large percentage of land covered with corn.

Positive projections are also supported by technical assistance provided to national producers by the National Center for Agricultural and Forestry Technology «Enrique lvarez Córdova» (CENTA).According to the minister, during his territorial visit he observed how many practices designed by the institution are being applied, which considerably improves expectations.

On the other hand, Parada reported that in August they plan to start the delivery of bean seed that adapts to the terrain, one to which the Salvadoran people are accustomed.

«Normally, the producer waits to bend the corn plant to serve as a stake in planting beans, but some producers have started bean production in certain areas,» he said.

Lastly, he stressed that a special program for planting vegetables in controlled environments is also being promoted, and it is sought to execute this project in the coming months.