FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 09/98 - ECUADOR (3 September)

ECUADOR (3 September)

Harvesting of the 1998 coarse grain crops, principally maize, is well advanced. The outlook is poor as the crops have been affected by prolonged adverse weather due to El Niņo. Some 170 000 hectares of maize plantings, mainly distributed along the coastal provinces, have been seriously damaged. Immense losses have been also incurred to the paddy crop, as well as to important cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, soybeans and bananas. A request for assistance in the rehabilitation of agricultural activities in the affected areas has been made by the Government.

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