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Uruguay's agriculture, livestock and fisheries ministry (MGAP) is to begin a program aimed at encouraging projects to store and distribute water for the productive sector.
The state will provide grants for projects to supply water for livestock and irrigation that are carried out by producers and meet with the ministry's requirements, the presidential website reported.
The measure was initially planned to be introduced in 2012, but was brought forward due to the drought affecting the country, particularly northern areas.
MGAP is adopting the measure as part of its efforts to combat the effects of climate change, said interim livestock minister Daniel Garin.