(Meanwhile the ARENA party is alleging that any scarcity of beans is being caused by the FMLN government sending beans to Venezuela to pay for oil received from the socialist government there).
Farmers are concerned about periods during this rainy season when no rain has fallen for extended period of time in various parts of the country. The most recent dry spell began on July 4.
The government has denounced hoarding of bean stockpiles by speculators and announced plans to buy beans on international markets to reduce shortages.
The government will spend $4.6 million to send additional seed packets to farmers affected by the dry conditions in 77 municipalities.
Map of moisture levels in soil shows eastern third of country impacted by lack of rain: