Flooding and heavy rains in the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz caused USD 500 million in damage to crops and infrastructure, El Deber said, citing a farmers group. Mauricio Roca, president of the Santa Cruz Agricultural Chamber, said 600,000 hectares of soybean, rice, corn and other crops were damaged by rains caused by the La Nina weather pattern, El Deber reported. Roca said the damage is the worst in 50 years, it said. The agricultural chamber said infrastructure damage totaled USD 200 million and crop losses were USD 300 million. Soybean crops were the worst hit, El Deber said, citing Demetrio Perez, vice president of the Wheat and Oilseed Producers Association. (Bloomberg)

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