Bolivia Govt Aids Stockbreeders

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La Paz, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has begun a project to rescue cattle in flooded zones, by granting over 200 tons of aid including vaccines, food, and vitamins, local press reports Tuesday. The Ministry for Rural Development and Lands thus replied to the request of the mayoralty and Stockbreeders’ Federation in the department of Beni, seriously affected by floods resulting from constant rains.

The donation comprises 52 tons of mineral salts, 150 tons of hey for fodder, and veterinary supplies, as well as 70,000 doses of different vaccines, all estimated at 154,000 dollars. According to Cambio daily, this was possible thanks to financing by the UN Office for Emergency, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Rural Development Minister Nemesia Achacollo explained the project’s first phase will benefit 50,000 heads of cattle, and the second 370,000 that are at risk.

Climatologic events in Bolivia has affected 17,000 hectares of crop and claimed the life of at least 3,000 heads of cattle between December 2009 and March 2010, according to official estimates.

Source: Prensa Latina

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