Around 600,000 hectares of agricultural land were flooded as a result of flooding in the province of Buenos Aires, a leading agricultural and livestock region of Argentina.
Flooding threatened soybean harvest and the life and health of about half a million head of cattle, according to agricultural producers. Argentina, one of the world's largest suppliers of food products, and the third-largest exporter of soybeans, this year has suffered a reduction of 19% of the soybean production due to drought caused by climate change because of the typhoon La Niña.
"The floods began two weeks ago. The first night was rain in parts of rainfall up to 200 mm, "- said the head of the agricultural community of Bolivar (300 kilometers to the south-west of Buenos Aires) (SRA), Peter Bignov.
In the region of Bolivar has about 500,000 hectares of agricultural land, of which 200,000 hectares are used for the production of grains and oilseeds, particularly soybeans. In addition, the region's cattle stock has between 350 000 and 400 000 animals, making it the second most important pastoral region in the country. Flooded area, which includes a rich agricultural region, Carlos Casares, Carlos Tedzhedor and Henderson have already suffered from a severe drought, which lasted several months.
Local farmers and livestock keepers report that the situation is worsening by the day. About 40% of the crop soybeans have suffered, and who knows what will happen to the remaining crop, because to get to the fields on the special equipment is almost impossible. At least a difficult situation and were breeders who have reported loss of livestock feed shortages. In addition, the lack of food can in the long term negative impact on the local cattle, if the local harvest of corn and soybeans will be ruined.
In Peyhuadzho, a region 350 kilometers south-west of Buenos Aires, the picture is similar, but the region is famous for its milk production. "The situation is very complicated. Affected more than 80% of the 450 000 hectares of agricultural land in the region, 30% of which is used as pasture, "- said the leader of the local agricultural committee, Albert Forster. Affected farmers complain to the authorities and demand exemption from provincial, national and local taxes in the affected areas.