The president of the ruralistas, Gonzalo Valdés, highlighted the importance of these measures. However, he explained that they are not compared to the effects of the rains.
The president of the Rural Association of Uruguay (ARU), Gonzalo Valdesspoke about the drought that keeps whipping Uruguay and referred to possible irrigation policies that can be applied in the country. However, he stressed that the important thing is that it rains.
The leader of the Rural Association referred to irrigation policies and stressed that they would be of great help to producers who are suffering from the water deficit “You have to download all these irrigation ideas that are very good and very important since irrigation helps a lot,” Valdés remarked to the Underlined newspaper. “But you have to go down to earth to see, depending on the geography in each area of the country, to what extent they are adaptable and what type of irrigation is adaptable for that area,” he added.
However, he stressed the importance of being realistic with the irrigation policies since different parts of the country have different characteristics and, therefore, demand different irrigation mechanisms. “We have to be realist and take it to each point of the country because the geography and the types of soil are different and the ability to have water availability as well”, he established.
The president established that several measures were recommended to the government but that they still do not prefer to detail them. However, he stressed that, although the measures are very good, “what is actually enough is that it rains.”
In early March, the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries admitted that the loss that the government will have is 1,800 million dollarss. Uruguay is currently in a critical situation where the crops were strongly affected by the drought, especially soybeans, which lost 80%. On the other hand, the fodder for the animals were also affected which, consequently, impacts on the development of the animals and their quality.