Intense Rains in Peru Affect More Than 33,000 Hectares of Farmland
Severe rain and flooding have significantly impacted agricultural production in some regions of Peru, damaging over 30,000 hectares of crops and affecting approximately 5,000 farmers.
The Lima Chamber of Commerce estimates a daily loss of up to $13,500 in the impacted regions, leading companies, organizations and farmers to request economic support from the government.
Only 1.2% of total agricultural land was damaged, according to the National Convention for Peruvian Agriculture (Conveagro), so many essential regions were unaffected.
Impact of rain on crop production
Excessive rains have impacted 360 districts throughout 22 departments, with 16,582 hectares of crops lost and 33,954 hectares affected.
The hardest hit crops are rice, potatoes and corn, with an expected 20% decrease in the rice harvest and 10% in the potato harvest, according to Conveagro. These losses could lead to increased prices in the coming months.
On the other hand, Peru’s citrus crop has not been affected, although export companies did face temporary road closures. In general, fruit growers have not experienced any rain-related problems.
The Ministry of Agriculture Development and Irrigation (MIDAGRI) notes that more than 90% of regional markets were well supplied and able to meet demand, so no severe shortages or price increases are expected for most fruits and vegetables.
Sources: Midagri, Fresh Plaza, RPP Noticias, Infobae