Guanacaste emergency declaration sought

Agricultural engineers have urged the government to declare a state of emergency for Guanacaste where a drought continues.

The professional association, the Colegio de Ingenieros Agrónomos, issued the request and said that the cracks in the ground show how dry the area is.

The lack of rain attributed to the growing El Niño in the Pacific is a national emergency, the organization said.

The shortage of rain is expected to endure through the first three months of next year.

The organization did not spell out specifics, but Guanacaste ranchers have said they wish the government would help pay for transporting fodder that their cows need to survive the drought.

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