The market for dry edible beans is being impacted by food assistance to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Tim Courneya, Executive Vice President of the North Harvest Bean Growers, says the U.S. government has been buying dry beans for its food aid programs.
"The government did purchase a little over 4,000 tons of beans for Haiti," Courneya said. "Then this week, we just were given another announcement that they were pre-positioning another 6,000 tons. The way it was done, everyone is once again surmising it is being done for Haiti."
Courneya says the 10,000 tons of dry beans is a very significant amount and has helped support the market.