Saturday, February 6, 2010

Intensifying actions against drought in a Cuban province

Brunei Times via Prensa Latina: State agencies in [Ciego de Avila] this central Cuban province have adopted emergency measures to address the severe drought affecting groundwater reserves, the main source of supply of the precious liquid in the area. About 73 percent of water consumed comes from Ciego de Avila 15 sectors hydrogeological, whose storage capacity is approximately 900 million cubic meters, Rafael Gonzalez, a specialist hydrological services said.

He said that currently these basins show only 44 per cent of the volume, and hence the need to take steps to save and make proper use of the resource. Agriculture, industry heavyweight in the province of Ciego de Avila, 430 km east of Havana, is the largest consumer of water, and hence the need to work out urgent strategies to address the water crisis.

The efficient use of irrigation systems, planting of crop varieties resistant to water shortages and intercropping, are some of the provisions of farmers Ciego de Avila, Gonzalez said. He stressed that livestock owners were working in the relocation of livestock to coastal areas to improve the nutrition of animals, mainly from milk and meat production.

Another agency handling house hold waste is creating awareness among the population to achieve cost-saving measures in homes, he said….

In a nature reserve called 'Loma de Cunagua', near Moron, in Ciego de Avila province. Shot by Lagaly de, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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