El Niño Phenomenon extends to 2016

The image shown here shows the El Niño phenomenon during the 2015 year and its unusual duration into 2016 according to the Jason-2 oceanographic satellite. The 2015 year was very abnormal in relation to weather: temperatures above zero were recorded in mid-December in the North Pole, the Atacama desert bloomed and the strongest hurricane ever-recorded […]


2016 International Year of Pulses

The most recent UN General Assembly established 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, and the mision to develop this project was delegated to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which will work in colaboration with governments, food and health organizations, non governmental organizations and related entities. This year’s designations aims to heighten public awareness […]


El Niño phenomenon stays and intensifies in Central America

The drought being suffered by many Central American countries is caused by El Niño phenomenon and it’s affecting subsistence crops such as corn and beans, and others like fruits and coffee. Specialists in meteorology, hydrology, and agriculture met in Honduras in the Central American Climatic Forum, organized by the Executive Secretariat of the Central American […]


How to prevent the ‘American leaf spot of coffee’?

When the rainy season ends, moisture decreases, temperature rises and there is more ventilation in coffee plantations, which confronts the development of the disease known as “ojo de gallo” or American leaf spot of coffee. That’s why it is the perfect time to treat the disease and try to avoid bigger damage in the crops. […]


How to implement a basic fertirrigation system?

To implement a basic fertirrigation system, the first step is to adapt the agricultural system that is regularly used for the irrigation of plantations, to apply the fertilizers through it too. This fertirrigation method can mean a high financial investment in the first place, but with a high ROI in a medium-term period. Another method […]


What are the advantages of fertirrigation?

When the irrigation system is used for applying the fertilizer too, the fertirrigation brings some important advantages for producers related to practicality, effectiveness and economy: A better distribution of fertilizers: when fertilizers are applied by fertirrigation, the distribution of them is uniform and localized; but if this application is made by hand, it becomes imprecise […]


What is fertirrigation?

In simple words, fertirrigation is a technique by which fertilizer are applied with the water of the irrigation system. This way, the producer takes advantage of the irrigation system to add to the plants the nutrients they need. Its name comes of combining the words “fertilization” and “irrigation”. There are 2 different types of fertirrigation: […]


Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua come together to optimize the rice farming

A complex mite-fungus-bacterium, known as ““sarocladium oryzae sawada” has affected the rice farming in many Central American countries, and Colombia too; causing banning, stains in the grain, thus and losses for the rice farmers. Therefore, the Panama’s Agricultural Research Institute (IDIAP, by its Spanish acronym) and the Regional Fund of Agricultural Technology, teamed up with […]


El Niño phenomenon is already here

The National Weather Service from United States has confirmed the actual influence from El Niño phenomenon on American countries. This confirmation came out after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) checked the sea’s temperature in the Equatorial Pacific and it resulted to be higher than the average, one of its main characteristics. This time […]


Why the increase in the price of petroleum affects the fertilizer price?

Fertilizers are essential for any type of crop, even though plants do not require complex chemicals for its nutrition, thanks to the photosynthetic process that allows them to elaborate their own food, it is necessary the presence of some conditions in the ground, such as nitrogen, which can guarantee its ideal growth. The main purpose […]


The exporting offer from Central America

Central America already counts with an offer of 1.134 exporting products and in the recent years there has been a higher diversification of these exporting products, showing a 10% growth since 1995. This happened thanks to the promotion of these products from the region’s countries, and also because of a better access to new important […]


How will El Niño phenomenon behave in 2015?

El Niño is an annual phenomenon, it happens between April and March, due to the influence from the trade wind: these winds create a flow that goes all over the Equator and has a direct effect on the entire planet’s weather. The movement of the trade winds gets slower so the wet air can’t go […]


Potato is declared a national and public interest crop in Costa Rica

The administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís in convalescence with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock signed a decree to enlarge the research and production of the potato varieties, as well as the increase of the sowing area of this tuber. This decree signed on September 14th framed on the 193rd Independence celebration, […]


BANANA and PINEAPPLE: star products from the Costa Rican agricultural industry

Comparing the first semesters from 2013 and 2014, banana and pineapple crops accomplished a 7.5% and 13% growth in the present year. According to data offered by the Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER, by its Spanish acronym) in the first half of the present year pineapple producers exported a total $459 million, it means $52 million […]


Producers from the North Zone of Costa Rica are combining wood production and agriculture

Thank to the support from the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO by its Spanish acronym) the farmers from the North Zone of the country are betting on the planting of wood trees in partnership with other agricultural activities. FONAFIFO is responsible for providing the financial resources and technical assistance so the farmers may develop their […]