on 4 June. About 600 000 hectares of farmland were flooded in the aftermath of the floods in the province of Buenos Aires, the leading agricultural and livestock region of Argentina. Flood threatened the soybean crop and the life and health of about half a million head of cattle, according to agricultural producers. Argentina, one of the largest suppliers of food products and the third largest exporter of soybeans this year have already suffered from a reduction of 19% from the total production of soybeans due to the drought caused by climate change due to the Typhoon La niña.
\”Floods began two weeks ago. The first night it rained, in some areas the rainfall rose to 200 mm,\” — reported by the head of the Agricultural Community of Bolivar (300 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires) (SRA), Peter Bigno.
In the region of Bolivar, there are about 500 000 ha of agricultural land, of which 200 000 ha are used for the production of grains and oilseeds, especially soybeans. In addition, in the region of the cattle population counts between 350 000 and 400 000 heads, making it the second largest cattle producer in the country. Flooded area, which includes the rich agricultural districts of Carlos Casares, Carlos Tejedor and Henderson have already suffered from a severe drought that lasted for several months.
Local farmers and ranchers report that the situation is getting worse every day. About 40% of the soybean crop had already suffered, and it is unknown what will happen with the rest of the harvest, because to get to the fields on the special equipment is almost impossible. In no less difficult the situation is and producers that reported livestock deaths, and lack of feed. In addition, the lack of forage and can in the long run have a negative impact on local farming, if the local harvest of soybeans and corn will be ruined.
In Pehuajo, the region of 350 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, the situation is similar, and this region is famous for its milk production. «The situation is very complicated. Suffered more than 80% of the 450 000 ha of farmland in the region, 30% of which is used as pasture»- said the leader of the local agricultural Committee, albert Forster. Affected farmers complain to the authorities and require exemptions from provincial, national and municipal taxes in the affected areas.