The drought that has affected the northwestern region of the country for months has caused the death of 1,190 head of cattle, generating an economic loss of RD $ 47.6 million, the Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez, informed Monday.
The official recalled that a series of measures are being implemented in support of the agricultural sector to alleviate the situation.
“Approximately a month ago the authorities launched an emergency plan that includes measures such as the delivery of food rations in the communities most in need, the distribution of molasses to feed livestock, and the dispatch of tankers to supply water to the population and agricultural producers, “he said.
According to the official, the most affected areas of drought at this time on the northwest line are Santiago Rodríguez, Montecristi and Dajabón.
Benítez said that since last year there has also been a drought in the southern zone in San Juan, Elías Piña, Barahona and Pedernales (severely).
Benítez referred to the issue of drought after the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Dominican Republic (Iaird) with the aim of establishing the legal framework within which relations for collaboration, cooperation will be developed and mutual support of both entities.
“There are two million cows according to the farmers themselves, and of those 1,190 died, which we regret because a farmer who has five cows and one dies is a serious loss,” lamented Benítez, reporting that in economic terms a cow costs RD $ 40,000.
He expressed that each cow produced around five or six liters of milk per day at RD $ 20 each.
To counteract the severe drought, Benitez said that the Ministry of Agriculture is delivering 20.00 quintals of rice, 10,000 tons of sugarcane, 16 sugar cane trucks from the Monte Llano sugar mill and has contracted 12 trucks on the northwest line that is carrying water to the winners and from the first of February to the date 600 gallons of water have been brought to the area.
He added that Agriculture has invested close to RD $ 100 million and “what we are doing is heating the arm”.
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After dead birds were examined as per Wildlife Protection Act they were disposed of (Representational)
A hailstorm in the buffer zone of Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday killed 1,102 birds, a senior forest official said.
The hailstorm lashed Khamarpani and Kanhar villages in the state’s Chhindwara district, the official added.
“The dead birds comprise 590 egrets, 360 parrots and 152 crows. They were killed in the hail that struck Khamarpani and Kanhar villages in Chhindwara district,” Pench Tiger Reserve field director Vikram Singh Parihar said today.
After the dead birds were examined as per the Wildlife Protection Act, they were disposed of, he added.
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Alvaro Vargas, director of the Environmental Public Establishment (Epa), said that the high temperatures, low oxygen and pollution are the factors that are influencing the mass deaths of fish that these days have been recorded in several internal bodies of water of Cartagena .
The official said that the fingerlings, particularly shad , are the type of fish that have been found floating in large quantities in the Juan Angola pipe , one of the most important internal bodies of water in the city.
Vargas explained that when these small fish are dragged by the cold currents, they enter waters where the ambient temperature is above what they can stand , a fact that ends up causing a failure in their organism and their subsequent death due to not having the capacity to adapt to the environment.
“They are school that are entered by the cold currents, but when they reach this type of water that is practically still and that is hot , contamination and oxygen is what is causing the mortality,” he said.
Although the causes of the mortality have been identified, Vargas said that with the support of Cardique, samples have been taken to the waters where they have appeared, in order to know the levels of contamination that appear in the tributaries.
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