Honduran Lawmakers Ask President to send Food to Farmers Facing Drought
Associated Press, August 21, 2000
Legislators have appealed to President Carlos Flores Facusse to send food to 35,000 farmers to prevent hunger following a devastating drought in southern Honduras. Lawmakers approved the request Saturday night. Drought has damaged 90 percent of the corn and bean crops in the southern provinces of Valle and Choluteca. In some areas, unscrupulous sellers have increased their prices for basic food products by 200 percent, legislators said. The government is currently putting together a dlrs 100,000 emergency food aid package for 10,000 families, said Vice Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel Bonilla.