May 22, 2022 3:45 am

Santa Fe will declare an agricultural emergency due to drought damage

SANTA FE.- After estimating the direct losses suffered by corn and soybean crops in the current campaign at 73 million pesos, as a result of the drought and the collateral damage caused by the recent wave of extreme heat in the region, The Santa Fe government announced that it will convene the Agricultural Emergency Commission to analyze aid to producers.

The meeting will be held this Tuesday the 18th and, according to the report accessed by LA NACION, opposition legislators in the Santa Fe Legislature demanded that the governor, Omar Perotti, declare an Agricultural Emergency and Disaster. “Our producers need more management and less photos that do not solve anything,” said Maximiliano Pullaro, a deputy for radicalism.

“It is necessary to modify the current Agricultural Emergency Law. The one that governs at the moment is obsolete, bureaucratic and offers few real solutions to the affected producers”, he stressed.

Also on social networks, Pullaro said that “the province must advance in a modern insurance system that works almost automatically, taking the examples that work in other countries” and the governor, Omar Perotti, demanded “the urgent declaration of Emergency and Agricultural Disaster”.

Finally, the radical legislator believed that “the province must advance in a modern insurance system that works almost automatically, taking the examples that work in other countries.”

In the central zone of Santa F, important damages are observed in corn crops planted early due to the lower quantity of grains obtained and their lower weight. This is why, according to the analysis, a large part of the batches are destined for minced for animal consumption, with regular yields, and with quality losses.

In the south of Santa Fe, the crop is mostly in grain filling and to a lesser extent in flowering, so the high temperatures and lack of humidity are critical for defining its yield in the coming days. Regarding second and/or late maize in the central region, symptoms of thermal and hydric stress are observed, in some situations plants began to dry.

However, in the southern part of the province, corn is in a regular state. Yields are estimated from 40 to 80 qq/ha. As for late-season or second-class maize, they are suffering from thermal-hydric stress, but with the possibility of recovery if it rains more than 50 mm in the region.

An average decrease of 14% in crop yield is estimated -1.3 M Tn- with an approximate economic impact of $28,000 million.

But at the national level, a recent report prepared by the Rosario Stock Exchange (BCR) estimated that the losses due to drought for the Argentine economy will be US$ 4.8 billion, that is, 1% of its GDP..

From the provincial government, responses appeared on the call for the Agricultural Emergency Commission, which could declare a disaster area for the entire territory of the province.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Production of the province, Daniel Costamagna, revealed that on Tuesday they will “convene the Emergency Commission to articulate with the producers the steps to follow” and advanced that “surely from that meeting the forms of accompaniment will come out, in conjunction with the national government.”

Regarding the consequences that the meteorological phenomena currently have on the production of this province, where grains, meat and milk stand out, Costamagna recognized that “there is unprecedented damage” because “the effects of the drought not only reach agricultural activity but also dairy and livestock. For a producing province like ours, it is a huge damage,” he said.

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