07/05/2013 - Farmers in the Azuero peninsula say they are in desperate shape due to the drought in the region.
They say more than 10,000 cattle are at risk due to a lack of food and water in the provinces of Herrera and Los Santos. It is estimated that 90 percent of farms in the region are without fodder, and small farmers do not have the money for the purchase of food for their animals.
Joseph Cortez, a farmer in El Corozal, said that getting enough food for his livestock is a priority until the rains start.
He said strong winds have made the situation worse.
Farmer Reinaldo González of El Cedro said he has had one cow die already and his remaining herd is undernourished.
He added that producers require a supply of food and water for their cattle and that the situation has become very critical.
Armando Cedeño, of Guarare, said that he has had four animals die and that his silo is empty. He said that the drought conditions have reached a breaking point for many farmers.
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