Production and consumption of beans are falling

The Ministry of Agriculture reports a harvest of one million and 156 thousand tons in 2010, compared to 567 thousand in 2011. The production of beans recorded a drop of 50.9 percent, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture, which reports a harvest of one million and 156 thousand tons. in 2010, against 567 thousand for 2011.

While in the first 6 months of this year, the quantitative import of beans increased by 158 percent compared to the same period in 2011, the Agricultural Market Consulting Group reported.

Bean producers assure that the crop loss is mostly the result of the great drought affecting the north of the Republic, because ten years ago the production amounted to 2 million tons, only to drop by 500 thousand tons annually.

Given the climatic conditions, producers expect a recovery compared to 2011, but still below the production level of 2010.

Agricultural Market Consulting Group for the autumn-winter cycle estimates the production of 306,898 tons, 18 percent less than that achieved in the previous cycle.

High prices, low consumption. In addition to low production, consumer prices of pulses recorded a growth of 168 percent last year. Data from the Ministry of Economy’s National Information and Market Integration System (SNIIM) show that beans rose from 11 to 29.50 pesos per kilogram in the month of July, compared to the same period last year.

SNIIM states that in May the value of pinto beans of national origin increased by 115 percent compared to the same period in 2011, when it reached 25 thousand pesos per ton; while May flower beans reached 26,200 pesos per ton, which means a growth of 13.3 percent.

In addition to high prices, beans face low consumption due to the change in
habits in the population that prefers to eat instant food.

Research by the Foundation for Agriculture (FIRA) points out that the consumption of beans per capita in the country was 18 kilograms per year 10 years ago, and is currently below 8.5 kilograms.

Source: Chronicle

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