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16/03/2018

Uruguay extends the agricultural emergency due to drought to 14 departments

The affected producers will be able to access the interest-free credit announced by the Ministry at the end of February.

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The Uruguayan government extended the declaration of agricultural emergency due to drought announced on February 28 to 7 other departments, for a total 14, as reported by the Uruguayan Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP according to its acronym in Spanish).

In addition to the departments of northern Uruguay that were initially included (Artigas, Salto, Paysandú, Rivera, Tacuarembó, Río Negro, and Durazno), the departments of Cerro Largo, Colonia, Flores, Florida, Rocha, Soriano, and Treinta y Tres were also included.

This was announced at a press conference on Tuesday by Enzo Benech, the head of MGAP, who said that their office "is acting as quickly as possible" and that the economic losses due to the drought have yet to be calculated.

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