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Effects of the long-lasting drought on Argentina

  • I’ve just been reading about the South American drought, and about the parts of the Paraná River that have dried into mere trickles. Is the Paraná dangerously low in Tigre? (I’m thinking of the families living on the islands who depend upon boats for groceries, medical help, transportation, etc.)

    The articles in the Washington Post that I read today pointed out that Argentina has been hard hit in several locations due to conditions around the northern and western borders, and cited BsAs province as one of the hardest-hit. How many farmers will simply give up?

    Here in Argentina, the country is suffering a double blow. The northern and central regions are experiencing the drier weather patterns that are affecting parts of Brazil, even as its Andean regions get hit by the conditions that are robbing moisture from central Chile.


  • Rice , its the upper strecthes of the Parana that have been badly affected by the drought.

    Those living on the Tigre islands are not affected - water levels rise and fall and after last weeks rain , they are almost normal for the time of the year.

    Just spoke to one of Mrs GJ's cousins who has a water taxi ferrying people from place to place in the Tigre area and he says he has not been affected by the drought at all

  • Here the water table has risen after last weeks storms. Although it's still got a bit to go. I couldn't believe after 100mm of rain the dirt road to the countryside place was dry as a bone. It would normally be impassable even after half that amount of rain.

    Good article in todays La Razon about how the recent rains have made things look more positive for the growers.

    "Esperamos que estas lluvias ayuden a impulsar la siembra del trigo y den un respiro a los productores"
    En diálogo con LA RAZON, Cristian Russo, jefe de la Guía Estratégica para el Agro (GEA) de la BCR habló sobre las precipitaciones y la siembra de trigo.

  • The last, long drought, was catastrophic to our region most productive of the country, the 'pampa humeda', which means humid or wet praires.

    But it seems that this is over, and the cycle of EL NINO VS LA NINA is going to change.

    However we did not provide enough channels to bring water from the great rivers that surround this part of the land. here appears a hint of our lack of foreseeing problems. We like inmediate satisfaction, and instead to invest money after a good crop, we prefer to use the profit for our pleasures which are not everlasting.

    just a difference between the Mediterranean mentality versus the Nordic mentality. As an example we have the Netherlands, which gained land over the sea, with the famous polders made since the xviii century.

  • We have a channel on the boundary on part of our land. It serves no purpose due to being silted up through years of neglect. The land close to it lies dormant as it's of no use for cereal growing as it floods easily. I believe many years ago the local authorities used to dredge the channel but stopped doing it leaving the landowners to do it.

    Problem with that is of course it only takes one landowner not to do it.