Even though in major markets and some grocery stores in the city of Matagalpa (Nicaragua) a pound of onions costs ten cordobas, producers are being offered just 180 cordobas and even less for a quintal of the product.
“That’s too low when producing a bushel of onions costs 340 cordobas, not including the costs for intermediary,” says Adolfo Treminio Vega, head of the Onion Producers Association of Sébaco, the municipality with the biggest onion production in the country.
Not being able to market, producers have had losses that in some cases exceed thirty percent and blame Daniel Ortega’s unconstitutional government for allowing “excessive imports” that have saturated the country’s markets.
Some producers report of up to 20 percent in the field losses, in addition to similar losses of stockpiled onions kept outdoors.
Treminio considers that the Government should bring the country’s importers together “to face them” because “they’ve made our lives impossible.”