Drilling more than 500 wells in agricultural areas to face drought

Panama- The Panamanian authorities reported this Wednesday that they have drilled more from half a thousand from wells in agricultural areas of the country for face to a possible drought prolonged this year.

The director from Engineering and Irrigation of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Concepción Navarro, said that in totall 507 wells have been drilled in various regions of the country in order to give him to the small agricultural producers “a tool for water in times of drought “.

Is about support a “sustainable agriculture o dand consumption, for the purpose of allow use ordered from water resource”, for which they also built 23 new damsNavarro said.

In total, from el 2019 al 2021 I know drilled a total of 1,333 wells Y 68 abrevaderos, indicated the MIDA.

In 2022, responses will continue to be provided to producers who request the drilling of wells or construction of water troughs “with emphasis on the dry arc regions or where the drought is most affected,” said Navarro.

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The called Dry Arch covers the areas of Capira-Panama, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and part of Veraguas, and it is the Panamanian territory with less annual precipitation.

According to data from FAO, during the agricultural year 2015-2016 got lost in The Saints (center) about 5,230 hectares from corn, while in others 281 hectares did not germinate the seed of rice due to lack of water.

In that period, the drought caused losses higher than $ 72 million in Panama, according to official information.

In that sense, the chief dand Engineering and Irrigation of MIDA assured that have teams from drilling to whom it is given maintenance “constant and necessary “, to be prepared Y face it a “any contingency from dry season”.

From 2019 FAO technicians accompany MIDA technicians with a draft from Agricultural drought monitoring, Which will allow establish mechanisms of aearly list, strengthen production systems and the confidence of producers, according to official sources.

It is the Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS) developed by FAO, a tool that allows monitoring at the satellite level the vegetation and the state of the crops to determine the impact and risk of agricultural drought.

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