Farmers from Las Segovias await a good first harvest

The rainy season that was established at the end of May of this year presents regular rains that could guarantee a good primera harvest in the sowing of beans and corn, according to reports of peasant families from most of the 27 municipalities that make up the departments of Estelí, Madriz and Nueva Segovia, where the matitas are already growing well.

If the rains manage to maintain a good behavior before the entry of the heatwave in Nicaragua, the period in which it stops raining: from July 15 to August 15, the peasant families would be at the end of August and the beginning of next September taking out the harvest of first class beans and corn.

National and international meteorological organizations have exposed that our country could have a more intense heat wave by 2023, in addition to the fact that the El Niño phenomenon is expected to set in at the end of the year, which could seriously affect the second planting of last.

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In a tour of some municipalities such as Palacagüina, Totogalpa, Somoto and San Lucas, in the department of Madriz, and Mozonte, Dipilto and Ciudad Antigua, in the department of Nueva Segovia, as well as in Pueblo Nuevo, Condega and San Nicolás, in In the department of Estelí, you can appreciate the good development that the corn and bean plants are already having.

Good EXPECTATIVES

According to Estanislao Loasiga Martínez, 63, a farmer from the community of Santa Cruz, in the municipality of Estelí, the rains have been regular this year in the north of the country, which is allowing normal growth of the bean plantations. and corn. «Our hope is that we will get a good crop of grains»exposed.

Loasiga Martínez said that this year, he planted four manzanas of land with corn and beans. «Last year we harvested 29 quintals of corn and 19 quintals of beans and this year we hope to improve planting with a little more production.», said. He added that he invested more money in this planting than he did in 2022. «This year we spent about 11,000 córdobas, more than last year’s planting on the same four manzanas of land, because everything is expensive. For example, urea increased its price by 50 percent.»ended.

According to the peasant families of the community of Los Canales and La Manzana, in the municipality of San Lucas, La Calera, in Palacagüina, and Santo Domingo, in Totogalpa, as well as the community of El Tamarindo, in Somoto, areas of the department of Madriz, the rains have been normal and are already having a positive impact on the primera plantings of corn and beans. «If it continues to rain normally we will have a good harvest of grains»said Adelaida del Socorro Martínez López, 57, from the El Tamarindo community in Somota, where she has planted six acres of land.

Nilson Talavera Talavera, a farmer from the La Calera community in the municipality of Palacagüina, in Madriz, also welcomes the fact that the rains that have maintained a normal pattern of rainfall would produce a good harvest of corn and beans. «Winter is having a good behavior and, well, it is already helping the good growth of the plants»said.

pests attack

While in the community of Los Hatillos, in the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, department of Estelí, the families of the countryside hope to also obtain a good harvest, “God willing that good behavior of the rains be maintained, because here the family takes advantage of the entrance of the heatwave to get the production”, explained Don Luis Emilio Gutiérrez Rodríguez, owner of four blocks of land in this town.

«We hope, God willing, that by mid or late August we will already be eating chilotitos and elotitos and Camagües beans,” he added.

Farmers from Las Segovias await a good first harvest
Farmers from Las Segovias await a good first harvest

As reported by some peasant families from various areas of the municipalities of Pueblo Nuevo and Condega, In the department of Estelí, and in the municipality of San Lucas, in the department of Madriz, a plague called Trips and the presence of slugs or lipes, are already affecting their bean crops.

«This pest is already eating the leaves of the bean plants and that ends up ruining the crops, which is why we are buying a chemical product to combat them before they spread to other crops,” explained Don Héctor José Rodríguez Mairena, a farmer from the community. The Hatillos.

By: United Voices.

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