By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The government is allocating some 600 million colons, about $1.14
million to help farmers and ranchers affected by the drought and some
who are victims of heavy rain.
The president, Luis Guillermo Solís, and the agricultural
minister, Felipe Arauz Cavallini, signed decree to that effect
Tuesday. The effort will be handled by the Servicio Nacional de
Salud Animal, and the emphasis will be on disease that may develop in
underfed and stressed livestock.
Those eligible include livestock producers, beekeepers and fish
The decree covers operations in Liberia, Tilarán, Nicoya,
Santa Cruz, Bagaces, Carrillo, Cañas, Abangares, Nandayure, La
Cruz and Hojancha on the province of Guanacaste, the cantons of
Aguirre, Garabito, Montes de Oro, Esparza and the central
canton in the province of Puntarenas and the cantons of Orotina, San
Mateo and Atenas in Alajuela.
lack of water and forage is weakening animals and leaves them open for
an epidemic of diseases, said the government.
The money also is allocated to producers in the cantons of
Alvarado, Jiménez and Turrialba in the province of Cartago
has been an unusual amount of rain. The government said that some
55,000 hectares of grazing land for milk cows has been affected.
effort might include forage, protein supplements and energy supplements
for the cows, said the government. Almost as an aside, the announcement
said that the money also would
sponsor studies of growing forage for animals with a hydroponic system.
Ranchers had hopes that the government would truck in forage for
Some ranchers moved their cows to other locations in the
of the drought.
The government blamed El Niño for the lack of rain.