Drought And Malnutrition Killing Cattle in Los Santos and Guararé
Monday, June 25 2012 @ 05:25 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Six Months Without Rain - Edilberto Peralta, representing the village of Santa Ana, said they have gone for more than six months in this region without a drop of water, and the shortages of pasture has forced producers to go out and buy elsewhere in the province, which is increasing costs. According to Peralta, the livestock that weigh more than a thousand pounds during the winter now weights less than 500 pounds, while those cattle that fall cannot rise again due to their advanced state of malnutrition.
Meanwhile, the governor of the province, Armando Batista asked the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) for the implementation of a contingency program. MIDA director, Alexis Bravo, said they would be forming a working committee. (Mi Diario)