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Forecasts indicate that the El Niño phenomenon will reach a strong level in Panama

Oct 20, 2023 | News & Articles, Panama | 0 comments

In Panama, the El Niño phenomenon is currently in a moderate stage, but it is predicted to reach a strong level. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen measures that mitigate its effects to ensure food production, stated Luz Graciela Calzadilla, the director of Panama’s Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (IMHPA).


Calzadilla made these remarks during a meeting to monitor the Drought Plan, held weekly to review actions taken in different regions of the country. These actions involve the construction of watering holes, well drilling, improved pasture planting, forage production, and the distribution of supplies to support small-scale farmers facing this phenomenon, which causes water shortages vital for animals and plants.


She noted that in 2014, a very strong El Niño occurred, and the current scenario for the 2023-2024 season is displaying significant signs and similarities to that of 2014.


Calzadilla explained that the moderate El Niño is causing a deficit in rainfall in the country. From January to August 2023, a 15% to 30% decrease in precipitation has been recorded. The two most affected watersheds are between the Changuinola and Cricamola rivers in Bocas del Toro and the Sambú River in Darién.


She added that there is a high probability that El Niño will intensify from November 2023 to January 2024.


Calzadilla emphasized that the agricultural sector needs to adapt to these changing conditions and that the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) and other agricultural institutions have a significant role to play. Proper preparation and adherence to recommendations are essential to effectively confront this situation.


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