Las Tunas.- A very dry year is approaching for Las Tunas and, therefore, effects are expected in several sectors, especially if one takes into account that the water available in the reservoirs managed by the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources does not exceed 38 percent of the province’s total capacity.

The agricultural sector could be one of the most affected because the dams for agricultural use also see their liquid reserves decrease and this natural resource is decisive for life, both for various crops and for the management of herds of different species.

So far in the eight municipalities of Las Tunas there is a guarantee of the water necessary for the consumption of animals and the irrigation of agricultural, tobacco and forestry plantations, but the current context could worsen if the rainfall is delayed in arriving.

Therefore, it is urgent to adopt prior measures to guarantee the production of milk, meat, food, fruits, grains, vegetables and other items that satisfy the population’s demand, substitute imports or can be marketed abroad.

To mitigate the impacts of the persistent lack of rainfall, in the territory of Las Tunas, priority should be given to the construction and repair of dams that guarantee the liquid to the cattle areas, the drilling of wells and the revision of the windmills that exist in the territory .

The planting of species more resistant to drought, the search for alternatives in feeding the animals and a greater application of agroecological techniques that allow better conservation of soil moisture are also required.

Various studies indicate that in 2022 the drought conditions will continue in the province of Las Tunas, forcing farmers and state producers of the different units to put into practice their experience and wisdom to succeed in this other test of nature.

Author: YENIMA DÍAZ VELÁZQUEZ

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