Forecast for 2 Crop Yield Looks Good in Haiti

The National Coordination of Food Security (CNSA) has projected, based on figures generated up to the present, the 2013-2014 agricultural year is expected to be a good year in Haitian Agriculture. So far the cereal crop has increased as much as 33% over the 2012-2013 season, with some estimates placing the increase as high as 45%. However the yields fall 11% below the 2009-2010 season. Generally, for fiscal year 2012-2013 the crop yields were good, except for October because of Hurricane Sandy.


Spring-summer harvests are the largest of the year, when 75% of growers produce crop yields of corn, beans, peas, bananas, and tubers. The yields were especially good for 2013-2014. This was due to the urgings of the Ede Pèp Program.

But not all producers have experienced healthy harvests for 2013-2014. Growers endured the 2012 drought and Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Seed stock plummeted, and even though a high volume of seeds were available during planting, it did not suffice to compensate for seed loss during 2012. Growers have been under pressure from the Ministry of Agriculture to meet quotas tied to their purchasing capability.

The spring 2013 season could have been a better-producing year, if not for soil erosion caused by deforestation. Growers also have limited resources to fulfill grant money given them, in addition to not enough laborers in the fields.

CNSA says the 2013-2014 projections were calculated, presuming summer, fall, and winter plantings would benefit from positive weather conditions and minimal losses.

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