Monday, February 6, 2023

Drought Kills 17 Cows and She Fears the Worst: “It’s Not Over”

GUALEGUAYCHÚ, Entre Rios.- While there are warnings that Dry, rated as the worst in 60 years in Entre Rios, This will continue, as the province’s grain exchange warned last week, with producers here watching their livestock die and losing their crops. They are afraid of heavy losses if they do not get state aid.

Carlos Antonio Borre In Entre Rios, Nagoya lies approximately 40 kilometers north of the department head city. He is a livestock producer and a member of the local branch of the Farr-CRA Rural Society. He has been working in the area along the Don Cristobal stream for more than 40 years. Drought ravaged the region.

“I have never seen the stream dry up like this, despite the fact that historically it has been a very powerful watercourse with steep slopes, now it has significant sections where it can be crossed on foot. Desperate Beast Green Fall in search of, as the fields are practically only clay because the heat and dryness have burnt all the grass, the cows enter the places where the swamps have formed and within minutes begin to suffocate. Telling it is one thing and seeing it is another,” he said.

“Recently I found 17 cows and one bull dead and some calves of neighbors also drowned in the back but above all I saw cows with calves who are most affected by this situation. We have had to lay several kilometers of electric wires so that animals do not enter the drain and die by drowning. There has been a drought for three years, leaving the entire surface barren without grass. 8 or 10 millimeters of drizzle in the spring meant no respite for the earth, overwhelmed by the intensity of the sun, the great heat and the strong winds”, Borre explained in the interview. Nation.

Juan Ferrari is a farmer from Colonia El Potrero, Gualeguachu. He is 60 years old, he worked in the fields all his life. He is part of the third generation of producers in his family. “The drought has been devastating. For three consecutive years, our crop is getting spoiled. In my case, part of the 2022/2023 wheat crop, corn and soybean plantings from the same period, which have been very erratic, are also losing a large portion. If we add to this the scorching heat of December and the rain delay, the prospects are bleak,” Ferrari said. Nation.

Water Sources Dried Up
water sources dried up

Asked about the declaration of an agricultural emergency in Entre Rios province a week ago, Ferrari, the former president of the local branch of the Federation of Agriculture (FAA), indicated: “The measure comes late, as well as being inadequate at this point. Postponement of payment of taxes for six months is a negligible part of all the inconveniences faced by the manufacturer, who is drawing loans, and leases, inputs, There are new expiry dates for diesel, etc.”

“AWhen you become short funded, there are no banks with emergency certificates to provide you with credit tools, so the declaration becomes a major lifeline. Comprehensive measures and real support from the state are needed because what is happening to those of us who produce in the fields is going to affect the economy as a whole, all sectors of the country,” he said. Indian.

For his part, Borre said: “The declaration of the agricultural emergency of the year before the measure circulated during the last week was a real administrative hurdle. It took about three months for the government to issue it, the institutions requested an audience and they never received one from us, then another three months of delay for the huge amount of paperwork to be done and then to give any credit. It took about a year for some money to reach a handful of producers, all because not everyone agreed.

“If this drought continues for another 45 days, most of the producers in the region will be left without water as all water sources are drying up, those who have supply wells will be able to continue. have already dried up, as when irrigation equipment with large pumps is turned on, the situation worsens for other growers who suffer from the drying of their wells due to low water levels”. Sacks added.

Then he emphasized: “The farm emergency sucks, as do the real estate taxes coming up for next year, which are added to the new maturities of one of the most expensive real estate taxes in the country and they get stacked with the debt we owe for production.” without pulling.” , They escalate the problem, don’t provide solutions and make the problem worse for us.”

The producer said it hasn’t yet calculated what its losses would be: “It’s not over”.

“I am not going to produce calves annually due to lack of pregnancy, added to the loss of cows that I am already dragging, the situation is pressing,” lamented Borre. Added: “A separate paragraph is the one that is going through dairy farms. No food stores of any kind could be made. Maize is being harvested directly to feed livestock, so it is not known how dairy farms will spend the winter, as even balanced feed is too expensive to access. We need immediate measures without bureaucracy. Soft loans to be able to invest in wells to make water because if this continues we will surely run out of water in 45 days.

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