The Uruguayan government announced 13 aid measures for the countryside due to the drought

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The Uruguayan government announced 13 aid measures for the countryside due to the drought

Uruguay has suffered a drought throughout its territory since October 11, according to the Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology. But for three years there have been no copious rains in winter and spring.

In Uruguay the drought situation continues to worsen. The Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) approved 13 measures to help producers affected by the drought. The entire territory is experiencing problems due to the lack of rain. In this context, the government proposes the development of a battery of measures that, together with other government institutions, will seek to alleviate the situation and support producers.

Among the proposals approved by the Uruguayan government are loans from the Emergency Agricultural Fund, aimed at livestock, dairy, horticultural, fruit and agricultural producers. These are “soft loans”, with very low interest rates, in some cases 0.2%. There are also others that are with “zero rate”. These financial measures seek to ensure that producers can at least maintain their capital, and that losses do not structurally affect business.

Another of the measures establishes that livestock producers will be able to graze in areas surrounding the routes, with permits issued by zone departments. Many areas of these areas are covered with green grass, something that at the moment is “gold”, for the sector.

Organizational measures

In addition, through the Departmental Agricultural Councils and Rural Development Roundtables, the MGAP will receive producers to listen to proposals and try to provide answers. It will seek to understand the specific needs, and also disseminate the information with the beneficiaries, so that all interested parties can access the tools that the Uruguayan government offers.

The fourth measure indicates that the ministry will articulate the departmental Emergency Coordination Centers throughout Uruguay. This is essential for efforts to be made in a coordinated manner

The Uruguayan government announced 13 aid measures for the countryside due to the drought

For Metsul, the worst area in the world at risk of drought according to the indices of the state of the vegetation it is concentrated between Argentina, Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul.

specific funds will be allocated to the municipalities, in addition to the measures taken by each department. Looking for each department to use the money and resources in the most affected areas.

Payment adjustments

The sixth measure establishes that the expiration dates of the Social Welfare Bank for agricultural operations be extended until February 28, although a second extension of the measure is being studied. This has a direct impact on the capital that each producer has in the box.

In the document published by the government, it is also explained that the rent paid for the fields will not be increased in 2023, that a 10% bonus will be given to those who have paid on the date on which 2022. And specific lines of credit are also offered for producers.

A new measure refers to the fact that the cost of electrical energy to those who irrigate will drop by a fifteen%. In addition, the energy consumed between January and March can be paid in six installments.

The Uruguayan government announced 13 aid measures for the countryside due to the drought

The energy consumed by producers between January and March can be paid in six installments.

Banco República announced credit lineswhile the Central Bank took the measure of extending the maturities by 180 days, taking charge of the interest that is caused in the loans to small and medium producers.

Visit by the department of Canelones

The Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Fernando Mattos and the mayor of Canelones Yamandú Orsi visited several rural producers in the department affected by the drought.

The Uruguayan government announced 13 aid measures for the countryside due to the drought

The Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Fernando Mattos and the mayor of Canelones Yamandú Orsi (of the Frente Amplio) visited several rural producers in the department affected by the drought.

They toured the San Antonio area with other authorities and talked with producers who showed how the land is after several months without rain and a < b>hydric deficit that extends for the third consecutive year.

The Uruguayan government decided days ago to extend the declaration of agricultural emergency for 90 days more, until the end of April. This will complete six consecutive months of agricultural emergency due to the lack of rain, which dried up cutwaters and even natural watercourses, as well as empty groundwater wells.

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