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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ecuador Loses Millions in Drought

Quito, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Rain shortage along the Ecuadorian cost is causing losses of 35 million dollars due to lack of irrigation.

Rice and corn are the most affected in the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios and Manabi, while banana producers are also affected.

Farmers are waiting for a declaration of emergency announced by President Rafael Correa Saturday.

The National government promised to spend 100 million dollars through a trusteeship.

The Coastal Agricultural Secretary Luis Noblecilla warned rice will drop so much this year it will not allow exports to Colombia, which bought 165 thousand pounds in 2006, but he said there would be no internal damage.

To reduce rain shortage impact some crops are being converted into others, and nearly 30 thousand families have been affected by the drought.

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