Money allocated for Chorotega farmers

The national emergency commission is allocating 653 million colons to purchase agricultural supplies in the Chorotega region of Guanacaste. The money is suppose to benefit 3,300 persons, mostly farmers and fishermen who have been affected by a prolonged drought.

The amount is about $1.24 million.

The commission said it expects to use the money for seeds, herbicides and fertilizer for producers of sugar, rice, onions, coffee, sugar cane and ornamental plants.

The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderí sought the funds.

The El Niño phenomenon is expected to strengthen during the second half of the year bringing more drought to the region.

A second plan is in the works for producers in the central Pacific, the agency said.

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