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Honduras declares state of emergency over El Nino

By Andrew Moran     Feb 13, 2010 in World
The Honduras government has declared a state of emergency over fears of drought and severe weather disturbances that some fear could happen because of El Nino.
On Friday, the government of Honduras declared a state of emergency for the agriculture sector amid fears of drought and drastic weather events that could occur because the El Nino system, according to Press TV. The government further adopted measures to prevent lack of basic grains.
The Honduran Council of Ministers, reports Xinhua, allocated $600,000 to aid seven agriculture producers in the impoverished Caribbean nation, which would harvest 20,000 tons of beans for the upcoming summer months of July and August.
Honduran Vice President Samuel Reyes, also Agriculture sector coordinator, said, “El Nino climate phenomenon is affecting some beans and other grains harvests, and it will impact the supply. The emergency declaration aims to avoid such a problem.”
Reyes further added that the nation needs to guarantee its agricultural supplies to avoid an increase in basic grain prices for the possibility of an El Nino problem.
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