Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, announced that the government had decided to declare an agricultural emergency in the Region of Valparaiso due to the water shortage that affects the area. "We have signed the decree that officially declares this agricultural emergency due to water scarcity," said he said.
The ministry of industry, commerce, agriculture, and fisheries, through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), is spending $15 million to assist farmers affected by the ongoing drought. Portfolio Minister, Audley Shaw, said a proper assessment is being done to determine further assistance or interventions.
As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report. The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat indexes above 100 degrees across the Midwest, from an average of six days to as many as 30 days.
Some 65,500 hectares of crops in Vietnam's central region will be affected by the ongoing drought, and nearly 138,800 households will have to deal with water shortage in their daily lives. Households in central provinces will be supported by the National Center for Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation to build rain water tanks as a backup water supply.
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