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Mexico Corn Crop Hit By Frost

State agriculture officials said early estimates show 100 per cent of Sinaloa’s five-million- tonne corn crop was damaged by recent frosts, representing 20 per cent of Mexico’s national harvest.

The federal Agriculture Ministry said it was still evaluating damages and it is too early to give an exact forecast of losses. An emergency replanting program will replace 2.8 million tonnes of corn enough to meet demand, the ministry said.

Of the 495,195 hectares (1.22 million acres) planted with white and yellow corn in Sinaloa’s fall-winter harvest 410,309 hectares (1.01 million acres) are totally lost and 82,502 hectares (203,867 acres) are partially damaged, a document from state officials showed.

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