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Paraguay Issues Food State of Emergency

20 January 2012

PARAGUAY - The Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has declared a state of emergency for food as a result of the severe drought affecting farmers.

Through the measure, which will be valid for 90 days, action is being taken to address the problems of food production.

The government is taking administrative and financial measures to deal with the consequences of drought in the interior.

The measures will run across the country and stay in place until April, according to the document agreed on yesterday in the Council of Ministers and signed by the president.

The Executive has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) as coordinator of the tasks planned to address the problem that primarily affects the areas of consumption.

The ministry has been order to carry out a report on the damage caused by the lack of rain.

It is estimated that the drought damaged between 30 and 50 per cent of crop production.

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