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Losses evaluated in El Salvador after heavy rains

San Salvador, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) of El Salvador began the damage assessment in the country's fields after seven days of heavy rains, an official source said.

The vice minister of MAG, Óscar Domínguez, affirmed that there are areas very damaged by so much rainfall and specified that drones, a digital tool provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which provides data in real time, will be used.

Almost a week ago, Agriculture detailed that 36,2% of fruit, vegetable, basic grains and agribusiness crops were affected, especially due to stress caused by excess humidity and the proliferation of fungi.

“The more than 8,500 blocks that have been monitored have been the most producing areas of the country. In this case, there are the irrigation districts and other areas of various crops, including the southern area of San Miguel, Zapotita and Atiocoyo,” Dominguez said.

The Salvadoran Chamber of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers Association maintains that the heavy rainfall did not greatly affect basic grain crops, as farmers waited until June to start planting due to the late onset of winter, however, the issue is serious.

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