27 February 1998
El Niño lowers forecasts for El Salvador agriculture

EL SALVADOR has disclosed figures on the likely impact of El Niño on its agricultural production.

It expects a sharp reduction in crucial exports such as coffee where the harvest is expected to be 17% lower than earlier predictions for 1997-98 at 2.6 million quintals.

The agriculture ministry added that a drought last year had hit commodities such as maize. Production is likely to be 25% below previous forecasts.

This years sugar cane crop is expected to be 20% below previous expectations at 9.5m quintals, according to the El Salvador Sugar Association.

The Guardian carries a full-page analysis on how the weather phenomenon is giving Governments “a big headache”. The impact is piecemeal but the cumulative effect is global, it says.

  • Financial Times 27/02/98 page 35

  • The Guardian 27/02/98 page 17