Sweet potato and yucca are the most critical cases within the crops that should guarantee the food for the next months, with 146 and 133 hectares below their plans.

However, in the state and private markets it is observed a lack of these demanded products.

“One of the causes of the current situation is not reaching the scheduled sowing for the cold period of 2014 due to serious difficulties with the fuel, problem solved this year in which the drought is the main responsible”, explained Melquíades Kenes Denestan, specialist of the provincial delegation of the MINAG.

“Last year, between June and November, rains were below the standard norm, because of that the agricultural drought was intensified in the middle of December and this situation only got better as of April of the present year, nevertheless, this crisis still persists in other places such as Guáimaro, Sibanicú, Minas, Esmeralda, Sierra de Cubitas and Nuevitas”, said Maida Fumero Mollinedo, head of the applied meteorology department of the Provincial Meteorological Center of camagüey.

Maida stated that the drought rate from last March exceeded the ones from a decade ago, when Camagüey experienced one of the longest periods in its history without rains.

The future drawings depend on the occurrence of a meteorological phenomenom, since it is predicted that most rains in the coming months will be within the norm (between 354 and 458 mm) or beloww it.

“The problem is that in this hurricane season it is predicted little incidence of hurricanes and storms, which makes it difficult to reach  at least  20º/º of ground moisture, that is the minimun for a good germination in the harvests”, explained Fumero Mollinedo.

Another inconvenient for the crops, also consequence of the drought, the provincial reservoirs are at 27º/º of their capacity, according to officials of the National Hydraulic Institute in the territory.

Translated by Dámaris Hernández Arística, English Language student

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