Minag discussing measures to tackle Lambayeque drought

Monday, April 4, 2011

Peru's agriculture ministry (Minag) has met with the Lambayeque regional government and irrigation committees to discuss a series of actions to reduce the effects of the severe drought in the region.

Proposed measures include distributing pumping equipment and beginning reforestation activities, state news agency Andina reported.

The regional government will be responsible for overseeing the region's water shortage crisis, and declaring a state of emergency.

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Lambayeque authorities have met with local irrigation committees, rural municipalities and public and private sector entities to develop the region's agricultural sector.

The measure is part of a water management plan being drawn up by national water authority ANA, which involves projects worth around US$9bn. The plan includes both medium and long-term projects such as building dams and irrigation canals and installing glacier water collectors, among others.