With information from Liubomir Fernández/URPI-LR
The quinoa and dadtwo of the foods most consumed by Peruvians, will see an increase in their pricedue to the scarcity of these products caused by the absence of rain in Fist. Milthon Pérez Smith, regional agricultural director of the highland region, pointed out that there was a low production of both Andean foods.
As a result of this problem, Pérez Smith indicated that the harvest of dad and quinoa will be reduced. In turn, it is important to note that the aforementioned tuber and cereal are the products that register the most losses between August 2022 and February 2023.
Likewise, the leader of the Regional Agrarian Directorate – Puno specified that in the 2022-2023 agricultural campaign, 27,679 hectares of quinoa in the southern region. Due to the lack of rain, 24,197 ha. of this crop were affected.
The picture is similar with the cultivation of dad. Of the 55,245 hectares planted in the 13 provinces of Puno, 31,519 of them suffered the ravages of the lack of rain.
“Not only that, but the harvest for self-consumption and seed is also affected. This year, the lack of rain has been a problem. Unfortunately, production is still at the mercy of the rains,” stated Pérez Smith.
The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (senamhi), reported that only between January and February of this year there was a rainfall deficit of 70%. The lack of water caused the development of both products to stop.
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