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Nuevos deslaves en zonas afectadas; cierres de calles impiden traslado de 11 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria

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11 nov 2020 - 07:06 PM

 

 

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New landslides in affected areas; street closures prevent the transfer of 11 tons of humanitarian aid

Flower Cogley L.
11 Nov 2020 - 07:06 PM

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The alternate road in Hornitos that provided access to the province of Chiriquí was closed after new landslides. Taken from @presidenciapma

New landslides occurred this Wednesday, November 11, on the Hornitos alternate road that provided access to the Chiriquí province and in the Cerro Algodón community, in the Ngäbe Buglé region, the authorities reported during the report on the emergency situation in the country, this Wednesday, November 11.

The Hornitos highway, which had already been rehabilitated and opened to the passage of vehicles, had to be closed again due to the landslides caused by the rains that fell in the area, reported the Minister of Public Works, Rafael Sabonge.

The head of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) said that rehabilitation works continue in the points where the heavy rains caused by the Eta pass last week caused damage.

He explained that there are currently 18 new hotspots out of the 76 reported in the first report on emergencies. He stressed that 43 roads have been cleared since the work began with the machinery and personnel of the MOP and contractor companies.

Affected

The Minister of Security, Juan Pino, announced that those affected number 3,551; that there are 24 people who have not been located, the number of deaths remains at 17 and there are no longer incommunicado people.

For his part, the Director of Operations of the Sinaproc National System, Rawi Lezcano, pointed out that 180 rescues and 683 evacuations have been carried out. With the help of the National Aeronaval Service, there were 7 evacuations in areas of difficult access.

Lezcano said that this Wednesday 55 people living in Cerro Algodón, in the Ngäbe Buglé region, were transferred to the local school, since landslides in the area endangered several homes. "It was an action to avoid loss of life," he said.

There were floods at 18 sites and landslides at 20. The Joint Task Force is made up of 2,471 people, who assist in the response and rehabilitation phases, Pino said.

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The Minister of Social Development, María Inés Castillo, reported that this Wednesday it was impossible to transfer 11 tons of humanitarian aid for the more than 2,000 victims due to the street closures that occurred on the country's roads [by the drivers of taxis demanding that the odd-even system be re-established].

She added that there are 2,345 people in 30 official shelters, located in the affected areas. In order for social distancing to be fulfilled in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, she pointed out that new shelters are being sought to avoid crowds.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/nuevos-deslaves-siguen-afectado-zonas-afectadas-cierre-de-calles-evitar-traslado-de-11-tonedas-de-ayuda-humanitaria/

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Centroamérica pedirá fondos al BCIE por impacto de Eta

AFP. Managua, Nicaragua
15 nov 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/economia/centroamerica-pedira-fondos-al-bcie-por-impacto-de-eta/

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Siguen labores de búsqueda en zonas afectadas por inundaciones, reportan 69 puntos críticos

Henry Cárdenas P.
14 nov 2020 - 04:00 PM

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/siguen-labores-de-busqueda-en-zonas-afectadas-por-inundaciones-reportan-69-puntos-criticos/

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Por efectos de Eta siguen abiertos 33 albergues; hay 12 personas desaparecidas

Manuel Vega Loo
15 nov 2020 - 07:32 PM

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As a result of Eta, 33 shelters remain open; there are 12 missing people

Manuel Vega Loo
Nov 15, 2020 - 07:32 PM

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Public Works personnel are still carrying out work in the disaster zone in the province of Chiriquí. Alexander Arosemena

The collateral effects of Hurricane Eta left 19 deaths in the country, of them 10 in the Highlands, 3 in Renacimiento (New Delhi) and 6 in Besikó, Ngäbe-Buglé region.

There are also 12 people who have not been located since last week, two in Cerro Punta, one in Paso Ancho, three in the community of Las Nubes, one in Gualaca and five in the community of Pueblo Nuevo.

For this reason, search operations are carried out in the Tierras Altas sector, in the communities of Tizingal, Finca Morgan, Río Sereno, Volcán, Río Chiriquí, Bambito and Los Carter farm.

According to the official report, there are currently 33 temporary shelters in operation in Barú (4), Tierras Altas (6), Alanje (3) Río Sereno (4) Bugaba (1), Muná (1), Finca 4 ( 1) and Besikó (13).

According to the authorities, 2,424 people are housed in these shelters.

For its part, the Ministry of Public Works reported that 42% of the overland roads have been reopened in the affected sectors of the province of Chiriquí.

While 48% of the land roads have been reopened in the Ngäbe-Buglé region, while 86% of the land roads affected in Veraguas have been rehabilitated.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/por-efectos-de-eta-siguen-abiertos-33-albergues-hay-12-personas-desaparecidas/

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Eta, un duro golpe a la producción de alimentos en Chiriquí

La SCAP reporta que la pérdida de producción de café está entre 15% y 20%, aunque se cree que la cifra podría ser mayor. A través de diferentes voces presentamos un mapa del impacto del huracán Eta en el distrito de Tierras Altas, provincia de Chiriquí

Por Astrid Chang

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Hasta el momento se tienen reportadas 14 fincas de producción de café con daños.Erick Marciscano | La Estrella de Panamá

Las incidencias del huracán Eta en el distrito de Tierras Altas, provincia de Chiriquí, y otras zonas del país han dejado secuelas significativas en la producción de alimentos y pérdidas económicas, que hasta hoy no se han contabilizado.

Plinio Ruiz, presidente de la Asociación de Cafés Especiales de Panamá (SCAP, por sus siglas en inglés), explica que hay dos tipos de daños. Primero, los que repercuten a corto plazo y ocurren cuando el caficultor tiene pérdidas en su finca por un deslave en las áreas de producción.

“Para que crezca un cafetal tiene que prepararse la tierra y esto lleva al menos un año de trabajo. Luego de plantar las semillas de café toma un mínimo nueve meses en desarrollarse en un vivero, para que se puedan trasplantar al campo a donde van a ir; eso toma aún más tiempo. Posteriormente, para trasplantar el arbolito de café hay que esperar aproximadamente cinco años, si es una variedad de café como geisha o borbón”.

De acuerdo con Ruiz, cada árbol de café lleva cuatro metros cuadrados, esto se traduce en que, si un productor pierde 500 árboles de café, no recupera dos mil metros cuadrados de tierra. Al momento en que ocurren estos desastres naturales, la capa vegetal de tierra negra se desprende, y la única forma de que todo se adecúe, es esperando a que la naturaleza misma reconstruya el suelo. Hasta el momento se tienen reportadas unas 14 fincas de producción de café con daños.

“Hay fincas que han sufrido tres deslaves y otras que tienen cuatro deslizamientos. Se perdieron varias hectáreas de cultivos y hay que invertir entre 5 y 6 años de trabajo nuevamente. Este es el tipo de pérdida que llamamos a largo plazo”, explica.

Hasta el momento la SCAP reporta la pérdida de producción de café entre 15% y 20%, aunque se cree que la cifra es mayor.

La situación actual en la zonas de siembra en Renacimiento, Hornito y Boquete es complicada, porque las plantaciones de café han recibido gran cantidad de lluvia, situación que ha provocado que la cosecha se pierda. “Hay tipos de cafés que son muy débiles para resistir gran cantidad de lluvia”.

Ruiz manifiesta que el área de producción de café más barata que existe hoy es de $30 mil la hectárea.

Otra de las consecuencias de Eta en Tierras Altas ha sido la pérdida de empleos, y en el caso de los productores que tenían algún compromiso bancario y que se habían comprometido a pagarlo con la cosecha, definitivamente no será posible.

El presidente de la SCAP calificó de grave la situación, y el bloqueo de las vías de acceso hacia las fincas que no conectan con las vías principales, incrementa el problema. “Las quebradas barrieron los puentes, los caminos terciarios que conducen hacia las fincas están inhabilitados. No hay manera de componer esta situación si no se recibe algún tipo de ayuda lo más pronto posible”.

Por su parte, Omar Concepción, productor de café, plátano y tomate detalla que sus cafetales fueron los más afectados por los estragos de Eta.

En el caso de los tomates, por ejemplo, la siembra no lleva un proceso tan amplio como el café, ya que este si se planta hoy rinde frutos dentro de tres meses, y el plátano tiene un proceso que demora un año.

Con respecto a las rutas afectadas en Tierras Altas, Concepción señala que con la adecuación de algunas calles ya he trasladado algunos productos a Merca Panamá. “He llevado mercancía, pero aún no he cuantificado las pérdidas económicas”.

Merca Panamá

El presidente de la asociación de comerciantes de alimentos de Merca Panamá, Yoris Morales, comenta que a raíz de la tormenta que afectó la zona de Tierras Altas, varios productos alimenticios se vieron afectados. “Esto dificulta tener inventarios cónsonos con los niveles de venta que se tienen en una semana en Merca Panamá, por lo que ocasionó que el mercado se quedara sin alimentos. Por eso fue por lo que se dio la escasez aquel fin de semana, y esto produjo que los precios se dispararan en algunos productos como la papa, la zanahoria y la lechuga”.

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El ministro de Desarrollo Agropecuario, Augusto Valderrama, expresa que los daños al sector agropecuario se aproximan a los $11 millones, principalmente en Tierras Altas, provincia de Chiriquí.Archivo | La Estrella de Panamá

Pese a esta situación, anota que la semana pasada llegó a la capital mercancía e inmediatamente Merca empezó a despachar a los supermercados y abarrotes.

Morales argumenta que esta situación ha dejado ciertas lecciones al país y ha quedado en evidencia lo que se debe reforzar y adecuar. “La primera es que se tiene que fortalecer la cadena de frío, porque si bien es cierto tenemos los centros por cosecha en Cerro Punta y en Volcán, que deben ser almacenamientos refrigerados que ayuden en estas problemáticas y poder tener un sitio acondicionado y acorde para el manejo de productos perecederos, no los teníamos acondicionados”.

“Los cuartos fríos en Cerro Punta no tenían luz. No sé por qué razón la planta de emergencia no estaba funcionando y esto ocasionó que muchos alimentos se perdieran, lo que trajo mayores problemas a los productores que de hecho ya venían con complicaciones, y se agravaron con lo ocurrido”, explica.

El presidente de la asociación remarca que es necesario tener otro centro por cosecha en el área de Panamá este y otros puntos del país, que ayuden a abastecer distintas zonas del territorio nacional en caso de emergencias.

“Me gustaría destacar que la parte baja de Boquete, precisamente Potrerillo, fue la zona que hace dos semanas nos abasteció. Considero que también hay que incentivar estas áreas para que sigan produciendo, porque actualmente no cuentan con las tecnologías para desarrollarse lo suficiente”, subraya.

Un hecho es que la escasez de alimentos es un aspecto que preocupa al panameño. Se acercan las fiestas de fin de año y platos como la ensalada de papa y zanahoria son tradicionales en la mesa local.

Morales asegura que la cadena rudimentaria de papa y cebolla está funcionando, y según el último reporte cuentan con papa para abastecer al mercado nacional; sin embargo, en el caso de la cebolla habría que esperar algunos días para ver realmente de cuánto fue la afectación para abastecer el mercado en diciembre. “Probablemente la cadena se tendrá que reunir para hacer esa evaluación”.

Comparte que hay una cadena de vegetales que no está funcionando al 100%, al igual que la de tomate. “Estas cadenas son importantes porque te dan una idea de cuánto es el inventario y con ese resultado podemos tomar decisiones que son oportunas para estos casos”.

En cuanto a su apreciación sobre el panorama del sector agropecuario, afirma que hay escasez. Aunque las fuertes lluvias no se llevaron la producción en su totalidad, sí han afectado las cosechas. El productor prevé que el abastecimiento de lechuga y zanahoria, será un hecho.

Asimismo, “probablemente tengamos ajustes en el guandú, pero es algo de lo cual aún no tenemos seguridad. No tenemos información verídica para dictaminar esto, pero los productores que están llegando de Chiriquí nos están notificando”.

Economía

Unos 420 productores clientes del Banco Nacional, con saldos de préstamos adeudados por alrededor de $72 millones, han sido perjudicados por el huracán Eta que entró al país a inicios del mes de noviembre, señala a este medio el gerente general del Banco Nacional, Javier Carrizo..

Carrizo explica que la mayor parte de los daños al sector agrícola se registraron principalmente en las provincias de Chiriquí y Bocas del Toro, en productos como café, papa, arroz, ganado bovino y leche.

El ministro de Desarrollo Agropecuario (Mida), Augusto Valderrama, expresa que los daños a la industria agropecuaria se aproximan a los $11 millones, principalmente en Tierras Altas.

Los daños más puntuales ocurrieron en Tierras Altas, Río Sereno, Volcán, Cerro Punta y Barú, en la provincia de Chiriquí. Mientras que en la provincia de Bocas del Toro los daños fueron principalmente en las vías.

Además del café, la papa, la zanahoria y la lechuga, también se han afectado las cosechas de plátano, arroz, repollo, apio, coliflor y berenjena.

El Mida dio a conocer que sostuvo una reunión con los productores de arroz, quienes piden al gobierno agilizar la compra de este producto antes de que se pierda la cosecha. Las autoridades se comprometieron a hacer las compras correspondientes, donde se calcula la adquisición de unos 8 millones de quintales, cifra superior a la de 2019, a un precio de $24.50 por quintal.

A principios de noviembre, el presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo, autorizó $100 millones para cubrir necesidades del estado de emergencia declarado en la comarca Ngäbe Buglé, Coclé, Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Panamá Oeste, Veraguas y Herrera, durante un Consejo de Gabinete extraordinario sostenido recientemente.

En ese sentido, el presidente de la Asociación de comerciantes de alimentos de Merca Panamá enfatiza que no saben cuántos invernaderos de tomates han sido afectados, ni tampoco cuánto de la cosecha ha sido arrasado. “Para lo que es el volumen de venta del sector es una pérdida muy importante. Esto se puede traducir en desánimo de los productores, por eso hay que seguir motivando para que ellos puedan cosechar y nosotros tener productos de su zona de cosecha”.

En otras palabras, arguye que el volumen de alimentos que recibe Merca es regular hasta ahora. “Reitero que lo que nos preocupa es que ese volumen sea de productos que ya estaban listos para cosecha. Esta semana es crucial para saber la cifra de productos que recibimos y si hay o no una baja. Por lo general recibimos 250 mil libras de tomate en una semana, hay que ver si esto va a seguir o mermará”.

Productores de arroz

César Cruz, presidente de la Asociación de Productores de Arroz de Panamá este y Darién (Apaped) informa que, en la pasada reunión de cadena de arroz, se sostuvieron algunos acuerdos donde el IMA recibirá 900 mil quintales de producción nacional a través de varios molinos.

“La implementación de este plan de compra tiene que ser de inmediato para evacuar arroz y seguir con la recepción del producto. Esto ha ocurrido porque a inicios de la cosecha a nosotros se nos pidió, que pese a la pandemia continuáramos con la producción en los campos, por lo que se produjo alrededor de 14 mil hectáreas adicionales en comparación al año pasado. Ahora no tenemos dónde colocar nuestro producto y venderlo”.

Por su parte, Gabriel Araúz, presidente de la Federación Nacional de Arroceros de Panamá y presidente de la Asociación de Productores de Arroz de Chiriquí, certifica que el IMA, a través del gobierno, va a comprar a los productores de arroz aproximadamente 900 mil quintales. “Este arroz será incluido en las bolsas solidarias, es decir que si antes se añadía una bolsa de 5 libras, ahora se incluirán dos más para un total de 15 libras de arroz”.

Araúz constata que todos los años se presenta una situación de comercialización difícil, pero los productores han aumentado las áreas de siembra, donde el rendimiento de este año ha sido muy bueno. “Estamos obedeciendo a ese llamado de producir más y de ser más eficientes, por eso se da una mayor cantidad de producción de arroz por hectárea”.

Agrega que la situación se debe seguir evaluando porque la etapa crítica de la producción del arroz se verá en noviembre y diciembre por los fenómenos atmosféricos. “Se requiere en estos casos contar con el apoyo del gobierno para solucionar la situación. Esperamos que en las próximas reuniones se pueda concretar y resolver la realidad crítica que hay actualmente con relación a la comercialización en todo el territorio nacional”.

 

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Eta, a severe blow to food production in Chiriquí

SCAP reports that the loss of coffee production is between 15% and 20%, although it is believed that the figure could be higher. Through different voices we present a map of the impact of Hurricane Eta in the Tierras Altas district, Chiriquí province

By Astrid Chang
Updated 11/18/2020 00:00

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To date, 14 damaged coffee farms have been reported. Erick Marciscano | The Panama Star

The incidents of Hurricane Eta in the Tierras Altas district, Chiriquí province, and other areas of the country have left significant consequences in food production and economic losses, which have not been accounted for until today.

Plinio Ruiz, president of the Association of Specialty Coffee of Panama (SCAP, for its acronym in English), explains that there are two types of damage. First, those that have short-term repercussions and occur when the coffee farmer has losses on his farm due to a landslide in the production areas.

“For a coffee plantation to grow, the land has to be prepared and this takes at least a year of work. After planting the coffee seeds, it takes a minimum of nine months to develop in a nursery, so that they can be transplanted to the field where they will go; that takes even longer. Later, to transplant the coffee tree you have to wait approximately five years, if it is a variety of coffee such as geisha or Bourbon ”.

According to Ruiz, each coffee tree has four square meters, this means that, if a producer loses 500 coffee trees, he does not recover two thousand square meters of land. At the time these natural disasters occur, the topsoil of black soil is shed, and the only way for everything to adjust is by waiting for nature itself to rebuild the soil. So far, some 14 damaged coffee farms have been reported.

“There are farms that have suffered three landslides and others that have four landslides. Several hectares of crops were lost and it is necessary to invest between 5 and 6 years of work again. This is the type of loss we call long-term, ”he explains.

So far the SCAP reports the loss of coffee production between 15% and 20%, although it is believed that the figure is higher.

The current situation in the planting areas in Renacimiento, Hornito and Boquete is complicated, because the coffee plantations have received a large amount of rain, a situation that has caused the harvest to be lost. "There are types of coffees that are too weak to withstand a lot of rain."

Ruiz states that the cheapest coffee production area that exists today is $ 30,000 per hectare.

Another of the consequences of Eta in the Highlands has been the loss of jobs, and in the case of producers who had a bank commitment and who had promised to pay it with the harvest, it will definitely not be possible.

The president of SCAP described the situation as serious, and the blocking of the access roads to the farms that do not connect with the main roads increases the problem. “The streams swept the bridges, the tertiary roads that lead to the farms are disabled. There is no way to fix this situation if some kind of help is not received as soon as possible ”.

For his part, Omar Concepción, producer of coffee, banana and tomato details that his coffee plantations were the most affected by the ravages of Eta.

In the case of tomatoes, for example, sowing does not take a process as extensive as coffee, since if it is planted today it bears fruit within three months, and the banana has a process that takes a year.

Regarding the affected routes in Tierras Altas, Concepción points out that with the adaptation of some streets I have already transferred some products to Merca Panama. "I have brought merchandise, but I have not yet quantified the economic losses."

Merca Panama

The president of the Merca Panama food merchants association, Yoris Morales, comments that as a result of the storm that affected the Tierras Altas area, several food products were affected. “This makes it difficult to have inventories that are in line with the sales levels in Merca Panama in a week, so it caused the market to run out of food. That is why the shortage occurred that weekend, and this caused prices to skyrocket in some products such as potatoes, carrots and lettuce ”.

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The Minister of Agricultural Development, Augusto Valderrama, states that the damage to the agricultural sector is close to $ 11 million, mainly in Tierras Altas, Chiriquí province. Archive | The Panama Star

Despite this situation, she notes that last week merchandise arrived in the capital and Merca immediately began to dispatch supermarkets and groceries.

Morales argues that this situation has left certain lessons for the country and what needs to be strengthened and adapted has become clear. “The first is that the cold chain has to be strengthened, because although it is true we have harvest centers in Cerro Punta and in Volcán, which must be refrigerated warehouses that help with these problems and be able to have a conditioned and suitable site for the handling of perishable products, we did not have them conditioned ”.

“The cold rooms in Cerro Punta had no light. I don't know why the emergency plant was not working and this caused a lot of food to be lost, which brought greater problems to the producers who in fact already had complications, and they were aggravated by what happened ”, he explains.

The president of the association remarks that it is necessary to have another center per harvest in the area of eastern Panama and other parts of the country, which helps supply different areas of the national territory in case of emergencies.

“I would like to highlight that the lower part of Boquete, precisely Potrerillo, was the area that supplied us two weeks ago. I believe that these areas must also be encouraged to continue producing, because currently they do not have the technologies to develop sufficiently ”, he emphasizes.

One fact is that food shortages are an issue that worries Panamanians. The end of the year festivities are approaching and dishes such as potato and carrot salad are traditional on the local table.

Morales assures that the rudimentary potato and onion chain is working, and according to the latest report they have potatoes to supply the national market; however, in the case of onions, it would be necessary to wait a few days to really see how much was affected to supply the market in December. "Probably the chain will have to meet to make that evaluation."

Share that there is a vegetable chain that is not working 100%, like the tomato chain. "These chains are important because they give you an idea of how much the inventory is and with that result we can make decisions that are appropriate for these cases."

Regarding his assessment of the outlook for the agricultural sector, he affirms that there is a shortage. Although the heavy rains did not wash away the production in its entirety, they have affected the crops. The producer anticipates that the supply of lettuce and carrot will be a fact.

Also, “we will probably have adjustments in the pigeon pea, but it is something about which we are still not sure. We do not have true information to determine this, but the producers who are arriving from Chiriquí are notifying us ”.

Economy

Some 420 producers, clients of the National Bank, with loan balances owed for around $ 72 million, have been affected by Hurricane Eta that entered the country at the beginning of November, the general manager of the National Bank, Javier Carrizo, told this media. ..

Carrizo explains that most of the damage to the agricultural sector was registered mainly in the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro, in products such as coffee, potatoes, rice, cattle and milk.

The Minister of Agricultural Development (Mida), Augusto Valderrama, says that the damage to the agricultural industry is close to $ 11 million, mainly in the Highlands.

The most specific damages occurred in Tierras Altas, Río Sereno, Volcán, Cerro Punta and Barú, in the province of Chiriquí. While in the province of Bocas del Toro the damage was mainly on the roads.

In addition to coffee, potatoes, carrots and lettuce, crops of banana, rice, cabbage, celery, cauliflower and eggplant have also been affected.

Mida announced that it held a meeting with rice producers, who ask the government to expedite the purchase of this product before the harvest is lost. The authorities promised to make the corresponding purchases, where the acquisition of about 8 million quintals is calculated, a figure higher than that of 2019, at a price of $ 24.50 per quintal.

In early November, the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, authorized $ 100 million to cover the needs of the state of emergency declared in the Ngäbe Buglé, Coclé, Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Panama Oeste, Veraguas and Herrera region, during a Council of Recently held extraordinary cabinet.

In this sense, the president of the Merca Panama Food Traders Association emphasizes that they do not know how many tomato greenhouses have been affected, nor how much of the harvest has been destroyed. “For what is the volume of sale of the sector is a very important loss. This can be translated into discouragement of the producers, for that reason it is necessary to continue motivating so that they can harvest and we have products from their harvest area ”.

In other words, he argues that the volume of food that Merca receives is fair so far. “I reiterate that what worries us is that this volume is of products that were already ready for harvest. This week it is crucial to know the number of products we receive and whether or not there is a drop. Usually we receive 250 thousand pounds of tomato in a week, we have to see if this will continue or decrease ”.

Rice producers

César Cruz, president of the Association of Rice Producers of Panama East and Darién (Apaped) reports that, in the last rice chain meeting, some agreements were held where the IMA will receive 900 thousand quintals of national production through various mills .

“The implementation of this purchase plan has to be immediately to evacuate rice and continue with the receipt of the product. This has happened because at the beginning of the harvest we were asked, despite the pandemic, to continue with production in the fields, which is why around 14 thousand additional hectares were produced compared to last year. Now we have no place to put our product and sell it ”.

For his part, Gabriel Araúz, president of the National Federation of Rice Growers of Panama and president of the Association of Rice Producers of Chiriquí, certifies that the IMA, through the government, will buy from rice producers approximately 900 thousand quintals . "This rice will be included in the solidarity bags, that is, if before a 5-pound bag was added, now two more will be included for a total of 15 pounds of rice."

Araúz notes that every year there is a difficult marketing situation, but the producers have increased the sowing areas, where the yield this year has been very good. "We are obeying this call to produce more and be more efficient, that is why there is a greater amount of rice production per hectare."

He adds that the situation should continue to be evaluated because the critical stage of rice production will be seen in November and December due to atmospheric phenomena. “In these cases it is required to have the support of the government to solve the situation. We hope that in the next meetings the critical reality that currently exists in relation to commercialization throughout the national territory can be specified and resolved ”.

 

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Sector turístico de Tierras Altas se trata de levantar, tras coletazo del huracán Eta

Wilfredo Jordán S.
22 nov 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/sector-turistico-de-tierras-altas-se-trata-de-levantar-tras-coletazo-del-huracan-eta/

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Eta e Iota dejaron 200 muertos y una millonaria destrucción en Centroamérica

AFP CIUDAD DE MÉXICO
26 nov 2020 - 06:02 PM

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/eta-y-iota-dejaron-unos-200-muertos-y-millonaria-destruccion-en-centroamerica/

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