June 15, 2012
The latest report from US Dry Bean Council Mexican representative Raul Caballero shows drought in Mexico continues with no significant changes. All three spring/summer cycle states have received some water and that has helped the soil moisture situation; however, with no significant results for planting. Chihuahua, Durango and Zacatecas continue in drought emergency state and at this point things don't look good. The rainy season began June 15th in Mexico, so things might change. The Federal Government made an early payment of 12 billion pesos to municipalities in seven states affected by drought, in order to maintain the productive capabilities of the rural sector as well as the water and food supply. The economic loss to agriculture in Zacatecas has been calculated at 20 billion pesos in two years.