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Paraguay Faces Total Loss of Crops

09 January 2012

PARAGUAY - The prolonged drought and intense heat in Paraguay is causing great concern in the agricultural sector. If the drought continues it will have major financial implications for farmers, who could lose entire crops.

Crops such as sesame, cotton, soybean, sunflower, corn, beans, peanuts, cassava, and bananas have begun to feel the lack of rain, reports America Economia.

It would take a great deal of rain to limit the damage already done by the drought.

The lack of rain takes it's toll on crops first due to stress caused by lack of water and intense heat.

Because of the long drought, over 3,000 acres of the IAN 425 variety of cotton is thought to be lost, grown by independent producers and organised the department of San Pedro, as well as 70,000 hectares of sesame.

There are also thousands of acres of soybean and sunflower crops, which are also under the same conditions as a result of drought.

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