Panama Expects 7 Months of Drought

The climate phenomena known as "El Niño" would extend the drought period from November to May 2010.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This was explained by Victor Pérez, head of the Agricultural Development Ministry, who also called on farmers and breeders to prepare for tough times.

"Pérez made these declarations while explaining to Congress his Ministry's $90 million budget for 2010", reports local newspaper La Estrella.

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Panama: Works Waters in Herrera

November 2015

As part of the Drought Plan, $2.5 million has been allocated for the purchase of feed for cattle, drilling wells and building water reservoirs in the province of Herrera.

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that it will be hiring companies in the province to carry out the drilling of wells and building reservoirs as part of a plan to mitigate the effects of drought in the area.

Costa Rica: Agriculture Lost $6.25 Million Due to Bad Weather

April 2010

Rice, sugar cane and corn have been the most affected by droughts caused by weather phenomena “El Niño”.

1.200 hectares of rice were lost and 5.000 sugar cane hectares were damaged in the province of Guanacaste.

According to a preliminary report, more damage was registered in that region: “2.000 hectares of corn, 122 hectares of watermelon, and minor areas of chili, tomatoes, beans and papaya.

El Salvador: Farmers Fear Shortage Due to Droughts

April 2010

Lack of rains could affect corn and bean harvests, explained Salvadoran farmers.

The rainy season has started one month later, and the official estimation is that rains will be 30% below the usual. This will take its toll over the country’s production, reported the Agriculture Ministry.

Losses of $2 Million in Costa Rican Crops

September 2009

The lack of rain is affecting farmers, causing the loss of 1.500 rice hectares, and threatening an additional 3.500.

The most affected areas are the province of Guanacaste and the Central Pacific. In the case of the latter, 6.000 planted hectares could output an under-performing harvest.

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