- Heavy rains caused flooding and affected nearly 5 thousand families in the country's coastal provinces
- Government is supporting 2010 wheat production to increase average yields
Heavy rains end prolonged dry weather conditions
Prolonged drought conditions affected the country in the last months of 2009, in particular the province of Manabí where important staple crops such as maize and beans have reported some localized losses. Then, in February, heavy showers caused floods and landslides. The most affected provinces were Esmeraldas, Manabí, El Oro, Guayas and Los Ríos, where almost 70 percent of the total annual maize production is concentrated.
Harvesting of 2010 winter maize, mainly yellow is scheduled to start in May. Despite localized damages to newly born plants caused by the reported flooding, planted area, approximately 430 000 hectares, is very similar to previous year.