450,000 head of cattle were killed in northern Mexico due to drought

Drought

8.11.11.Okolo 450,000 head of cattle were killed in Mexico in response to the drought that has continued in a number of northern states of the republic in the last 6-10 months.

It was reported on Monday in the National Peasants' Confederation (NCC), which represents the interests of local farmers.

Told reporters the head of the NCC, federal deputy Gerardo Sanchez, more than others from the current drought affected Mexican states such as Guanajuato, Durango, Coahuila, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Jalisco and Chihuahua. The local farmers have almost completely lost the current crop of corn, beans, wheat and sorghum.

According to Mr. Sanchez, 450,000 head of cattle were lost in these regions since the beginning of this year, and about 12 million, about 35% of the total population in Mexico, are in a state of extreme exhaustion due to lack of water and food .

In turn, the Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico called the much more modest figures and talk of death during this period approximately 15.6 thousand head of cattle. In this situation, according to federal officials, the state in a special program to support local farms more than 512,000 national agricultural producers.

However, the guide NCC insist that this aid is not enough, and require national parliament to take "emergency plan" that specifies the allocation of at least 10 billion pesos (about 745 million U.S. dollars) to support farmers in drought-affected regions.

Source: LATINDEX

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