Major crop losses in Central America

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Major crop losses have been reported in Central America following a second year of severe dry weather.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agency said a large number of farmers in the region require support as a result of the drought.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

FAO said prolonged dry weather associated with the El Niño climatic phenomenon has severely reduced this year's cereal outputs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The agency said a large number of farmers are now in need of agricultural assistance amidst ongoing dry weather.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"This is the second consecutive year that the region’s main season cereal harvest has been negatively affected by severe dry weather."

FAO said that El Niño-related dry spells delay the planting of crops, reduce land under cultivation and stifle crop development.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 42″

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