Drought Affecting Cattle In The "Dry Arch" of Los Santos Along Pacific Coast of Panama
Monday, July 09 2012 @ 10:37 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Evaluation - He said the MIDA has conducted a study in Santa Ana to support producers, but the aid is needed immediately to alleviate the situation. He acknowledged three "choppers" were sent to the region, but there is no sugar cane or corn to chop up as feed for the cattle, and the farmers have no economic resources (money).
Guzman de Gracia is another concerned producer in the sector of La Espigadilla of Los Santos, and he said the troughs are without water because only two showers have fallen this winter. "We want to help as soon as possible because there are more than 60 farmers in La Espigadilla who are in crisis, and about 20 farmers who are losing all their crops of peppers, rice, corn, tomatoes," explained the producer. (Mi Diario)
Editor's Comment: It seems strange to be talking about a drought in Panama, when the rest of the country is spending most of its time under water because of the constant downpours. I guess they call this area the "dry arch" for a reason. Another example of how there are many and varied "micro climates" in Panama.