On the other hand, he recalled that the State as a whole carried out measures that tried to alleviate, at least provisionally, the phenomenon that harasses the Uruguayan fields. “The State as a whole has adopted measures of all kindsthe municipalities have also adopted measures ”, remarked the president.
In addition, he regretted the economic losses that the drought means, specifically in the production of the agricultural sector “It is a situation that triggers an income that will not be in production and in many Uruguayan homes”, he explained.
The millionaire losses of the field
The minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Fernando Mattospresented at the beginning of February, before the Permanent Commission of the Parliament, a report with preliminary estimates of the impact of the drought throughout Uruguay, which would cost about 1,175 million dollars. The disaggregated figure presented by the MGAP shows the impact on the different items of Uruguayan agriculture.
In this way, in the dairy a loss of 100 million dollars is estimated between the additional costs of supplementation and the drop in remission; 440 million in the cattle raising of meat due to unborn calves and loss of live weight for slaughter); and 145 million dollars in lost grasslands, considering the total country between beef and dairy cattle.
Likewise, the agriculture it lost 490 million dollars due to the 1.08 million tons not harvested and the drop in yields. Among other direct impacts that were estimated were rice, which is expected to have a compromised area of 3,000 hectares in terms of yield potential; and afforestation, which has at least 800 hectares affected by fireswith losses of between 10% and 15% of spring plantings, and between 25% and 30% of cubic meter production in 2023.
The horticulture, on the other hand, it has smaller sizes and affects quality, lower yields and production volume, and loss of crops. In viticulture there is a 20% reduction in production volume in 2023.