The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Julián Domínguez met with the Chief of Cabinet of the Nation, Juan Manzur, to request the expansion of the emergency fund to assist producers and provincial governments that are experiencing problems due to the drought.
“We are constantly monitoring, in contact with the ministers of the provinces, making an evaluation and a diagnosis of the situation and the impact of climate change on the different crops,” said the minister. Domínguez said that in the last semester in some areas there was a decrease of up to 200 millimeters of rainfall, which complicated the situation.
The head of Agriculture and Livestock indicated that they are closely observing the evolution of the core area, especially with regard to first-class corn, soybeans and the lack of availability of forage or pasture for livestock in some places. He also expressed concern about the situation in the province of Entre Ríos, which has had serious problems with fires.
“With the Chief of Staff we talked about the need to be prepared to solve this situation, since we are going to have an impact on the sector, of which we will have an evaluation after the third week of January. That is why we agreed to put into operation the national emergency fund to assist and accompany producers at this time of difficulties, “concluded Domínguez.
The latest climate report released by the Rosario Stock Exchange, last week, indicated that the first half of January was presented “without rains and with rising temperatures.”
“It happened again: rains that were in sight for January 12 and with good coverage for the center of the Pampas region, have once again disappeared from the models “, points out the aforementioned report.” The problem of lack of moisture entry it is aggravated by the presence of an important high pressure center located on the eastern margin of the country. On the other hand, temperatures will continue to rise constantly and will progressively exceed the normal values for the month of January “, anticipated the analysis of the BCR, which in these days is being verified.
Regarding the “potential yields in early maize, the loss is already a fact, but it may fall another notch. The rains at the beginning of the year were late, they were not enough to stop the damage of the early maize. The condition of regularity to bad they went from 25% to 27% “.