Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced that the Department of Agriculture will allocate $ 500,000 to grant an economic incentive in the form of a voucher to 260 farmers whose farms are in the municipalities affected by the drought.
The incentive will cover the agricultural regions of Caguas , Ponce and San Germán, specifically for the purchase of maintenance feed (bulky) for cattle, goats and sheep.
“Due to the drought that some municipalities are experiencing, the cattle are not grazing naturally and they are feeding fundamentally forage or hay. It is because this that the Department of Agriculture, through the Administration for the Development of Agricultural Companies (ADEA) has established an emergency program to mitigate the effect of the drought in the municipalities of Guayama, Salinas, Santa Isabel, Coamo, Villalba , Juana Díaz, Ponce, Peñuelas, Guánica, Guayanilla, San Germán, Hormigueros, Yauco, Sabana Grande and Cabo Rojo, "said Vázquez Garced in written statements.
For his part, the secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Carlos Flores Ortega He explained: "Eligible ranchers must present evidence at the regional offices that serve as the legal tenure of the farm where the livestock is located, in addition to providing an inventory of animals on the farm. Priority attention will be given to farmers who are members of the Fund for the Promotion of Beef, the Fund for the Promotion of the Small Ruminant Industry and livestock farmers members of the Office for the Regulation of the Milk Industry (ORIL). ” The incentive for the purchase of maintenance feed (bulky) will be the payment of 50% of the cost of a quintal of feed up to a maximum of $ 10.00 per quintal, up to a maximum of $ 2,500 per farmer to feed adult cattle (6 or more months) and a maximum of $ 1,000. For the cattle sector, two quintals of concentrated feed for maintenance (bulky) will be incentivized, up to a maximum of 125 animals.
For the Small Ruminant Sector, one quintal of concentrated feed for maintenance (bulky) will be incentivized for every two animals, up to a maximum of 200 adult animals (four months or more) per applicant, for an incentive of $ 1,000.00 per farmer.
Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020.