Posted On 06 Jan 2017
Cacao, rice and corn farmers will have to rejoice. Winter means a reduction of irrigation expenditure, which had already become a problem due to the small amount of water left in the wells and that threatened productivity.
Those who just want to sow their land rushed the purchase of plants, which rose in some cases from $ 0.53 to $ 0.58 each. Transplantation is more efficient thanks to the humidity.
“Humidity is important, but fertilization and drainage of water too,” says Victor Haon, who has a plantation of the cocoa in Valencia, and uses products based on humus worm.
In dry areas of Guayas water makes cocoa fertilization propitious and, therefore, productivity increases.
Although the president of the National Association of Yellow Corn Producers, Cesar Herrera, points out that there is still not enough moisture in the higher areas, such as Ventanas, Mocache or Quevedo. In part of Guayas, the peasants began to prepare the ground for the sowing, although most still need capital for the purchase of seeds and inputs.