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
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