1,000+ cattle dead due to drought in Tehuantepec, Mexico

Livestock Alert
More than a thousand head of cattle have died in the past two months in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The extreme drought that lived this Oaxacan by lack of rain area three years has been the result, artesian wells are dry, there is no grass and not grains such as maize, sorghum and Sesame, the causes: global warming and climate change.
Don Juan tearing, originally from Santiago Ixtaltepec, don’t know what to do, despite the fact that he gave drugs to their cattle, ten have died, economic losses are many, as each animal varies between 15 and 20 thousand dollars.
“A month ago they began to die my critter, it took more than ten, weakness and anaemia caused by lack of food was that they could not resist, they folded and he found them lying on my land, it’s sad, because it is the fruit of my effort of many years”.
According to the drought Monitor in Mexico (MSM) of the service meteorological Nacional (SMN), Chahuites, Santo Domingo Petapa, San Francisco del Mar, San Francisco Ixhuatán, San Pedro Tapanatepec and Santo Domingo Ingenio have moderate drought, while reform of Pineda, Santo Domingo Chihuitan and Santo Domingo Zanatepec are classified as “abnormally dry”.
Juchitán, Salina Cruz, Tehuantepec and many other localities are classified with severe drought.
This severe drought facing the isthmus of Tehuantepec forced the closure of the dam Benito Juárez, located in Jalapa del Marques, three months before the historically established.
“This had not happened in any year. We carry three years us not raining on a regular basis. It is atypical. In 2008 we had a low-level, but occurred at the end of April, and not in February. That was the closest, but is too distant to the situation that we are living right now,”said Arnulfo Ramirez Rojas, the District Commander of irrigation 019 of the national water Commission (Conagua).
Jorge López Guerra, President of the Regional livestock Association of the isthmus of Tehuantepec and Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula, are distressed, daily receive reports of death of cows and bulls.
“In the isthmus we have thousand heads of cattle in these three years, however in these two months (January and February) it has worsened, daily we receive news that they have died, we are carrying out a census to inform authorities of Sagarpa and Sedapa facts and see if they support us with some payment of loss”.
To Jorge Guerra eight cattle have died you, and while it has invested him dry bales of food purchasing, he said is not enough, because in many fields, there is no water, everything is dry and that generates that they weaken.
“To me it makes me sad say that eight of my cattle have died, but it is true, we are desperate, luckily the Conagua already authorized the construction of 700 artesian wells, however there is a risk that the water does not reach the proximity in which it could dig, is a great concern that we are living” concerned.
Municipal authorities divert resources
Jorge Morgan, President of the local livestock Association of Juchitán reported that last year more than 2,000 farmers and peasants of Juchitán did not receive the support that federal and State authorities granted by sinister concept agricultural since resources were diverted.
He said that the support came at the hands of the Mayor of Juchitán, Saúl Vicente Vásquez, was 800 pesos per beneficiary, i.e. thousands of pesos which did not deliver and which secured were divided among their friends and accomplices.
“It is regrettable that the little money that do not receive it, it deviates with friends and family of municipal authorities, we hope that this year with the new authorities we delivered because although it is something, helps us to buy bales or pay our field workers”, said.
Moreover, Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula asked the National Institute of livestock to do surveys for review well all the field situation, since only last year benefited the municipality of Ixhuatan.
“Drought has caused death, lack of food, grain and pasture, sorghum has been aside by the aphid yellow plague, nobody responds, only see, know but they do not act, meanwhile the producer is losing their animals”, he said.
50 per cent of the livestock inventory of the State of Oaxaca is located more than in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The UGRIT brings together 85 livestock associations of 42 municipalities throughout the isthmus of Tehuantepec, of which each one integrates 100 partners, thus adding 8 thousand 500 producers, who on average 35 head of cattle each.
Courtesy of imparcialoaxaca.mx

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