Unified drought strategy proposed

A drought driven by El Niño has been ravaging Guanacaste for more than a year. But now officials say they have developed a unified strategy.

El Niño conditions are expected to become worse before there is an improvement later next year, according to various meteorological sources.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias has been conducting meetings with individuals and representatives of organizations in the area for months.

As a result of one Friday, the commission suggested:

• the production of smaller animals instead of cattle. It suggested goats and sheep, which are more efficient in using the available pasture.

• There also is a plan to extend some irrigation canals and to apply electricity produced by sugar processing plants for agricultural use and for the various water district pumps.

• There also is the need to capture more rainfall, although this generates a possible danger increasing places where the dengue- and  chikungunya-carrying  mosquitoes can breed.

Ranchers have been forced to haul fodder for cattle.

Ranchers have been forced to haul fodder for cattle.

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