The U.S. government is giving Costa Rica $1.1 million to help a program to cause milk cows to pass less gas. A United Nations fund also is investing $400,000.
The money from USAID will be to implement strategies for livestock so that they produce less methane, identified as a greenhouse gas. The project involves training livestock operators and research into pastures and hay, said the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería.
Ruminants such as daily and beef cattle are major producers of methane because of the way they digest their food and the manure they produce. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies the agricultural sector as the main producers of methane worldwide.
The agricultural ministry said that 41 farms and ranches would be involved in the program. The money will be put into a trust that will be available for farmers and ranchers as they develop programs that need funds, said the ministry.
In the United States, the White House says it wanted to reduce methane emissions from dairy animals by 25 percent by 2020.