September 21, 2020

El Salvador rules out damage in more than 10,400 hectares of crops due to drought

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of El Salvador ruled out this Saturday that more than 10,400 hectares of basic grain crops were damaged by a drought in the eastern part of the country.

The source said in a statement that the head of the MAG, Pablo Anliker, confirmed that "there is no problem of drought" in the department of La Union and that only has recorded the damage of 2.7 hectares for "other reasons."

The MAG clarification is given in response to the publications of local media that point out the damage in the crops due to the lack of rains generated by the El Niño phenomenon.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) assured on June 19 that in the eastern part of the country there was a "weak meteorological" drought due to the lack of rain for seven consecutive days.

According to the MARN, the level of rainfall recorded last June is the fourth "with the lowest amount" in the same month since 1971.

The state portfolio also noted in a June 28 report that "the soil moisture index has fallen in the eastern part of the country" and that "dry or very dry" values ​​are expected in July.

El Salvador registered between June and August 2018 one of the strongest droughts in the country's recent history and caused the loss of 2.13 million quintals of corn, one of the main grains of the diet in this Central American nation.

In this country there have been droughts in 2012, 2013 and 2014, but the 2015 was an "important precedent" since it generated a "greater" impact on water resources, according to the Environment portfolio.

According to the latest Global Climate Risk Index of the German organization Germanwatch, El Salvador is among the 50 most vulnerable countries in the world due to the climate crisis.

The environmental authorities point out that one of the main effects in the country is the shortage of water due to severe droughts.

According to the UN, El Salvador has the highest degree of environmental deterioration in the Americas after Haiti, with only 3% of intact natural forest, with soils ruined by inadequate agricultural practices and with more than 90% of contaminated surface waters .

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