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El Salvador reports damage to basic products

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El Salvador reports damage to basic products

San Salvador, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) Basic products for the population of El Salvador such as corn, beans, and coffee were heavily affected by Tropical Storm Julia, industry sources said on Tuesday.

Preliminary reports said that the heavy rains and winds of the storm caused severe damage to corn and bean crops, where plots were completely flooded.

Meanwhile, coffee growers warned that excessive humidity increases the risk of the development of fungi, such as rust and anthracnose.

In the case of rust, there are fears that it will affect more coffee production due to the excessive humidity since in some crops its presence was reported before Julia in 15 percent of the plants.

In the case of corn, most of the crops were affected and the plants were bent by wind gusts, for example, in Usulutan, where gusts exceeded 65 kilometers per hour.

In the case of bean crops, many areas remain underwater in eastern El Salvador, and producers have not yet been able to estimate the losses due to the impossibility of accessing the cultivation areas.

The problem for beans is that most of them are on hillsides, which is where the wind passed through, affecting the flowering of the plants, which will reduce their yields in the future.

According to reports from authorities, flooding has also been reported in cattle pasture areas, where farmers were unable to milk their cows because the roads were obstructed.

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