A">GUATEMALA (2 April) FS

GUATEMALA (2 April) FS

The country is still being affected by unusually high temperatures and dry weather associated with El NiƱo, which may delay planting of the 1998/99 first season cereal crops from April. Plantings are intended to increase from last year in an effort to recover from the severe losses incurred to the maize crop in particular. Food assistance is being provided to the affected rural population. Imports of maize in marketing year 1997/98 are expected to be about 610 000 tonnes compared to some 390 000 tonnes in the preceding year.