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Peru prepares for southern droughts with 100 tons of seeds

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) announced they will be intensifying actions to prepare for the “deficit of rains”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-lack-of-rain-in-the-south-to-affect-food-market-108648 in southern Peru.

Part of their preventative measures includes harvesting 118 tons of certified oat, potato and quinoa seeds in May this year, said Minagri today, according to Andina news agency.

The action is organized by the Ministry’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) and its Illpa-Puno innovative farming station.

Lack of rain in the south to affect food market

Farmers in the regions will harvest varieties of quinoa (Salcedo, Altiplano, Pasankalla, Kancolla and Negra Collana) oats (Tayco, Africana and Vilcanota) and potato (Ccompis, Imilla Blanca, Sani Imilla and Andina).

More than 50 hectares of seeds were planted in fields located in Tahuaco, Illpa, Huañingora, among other areas in southern Puno.

As a large amount of the country’s agriculture is produced in the region, a lack of rains are expected to affect food supplies and prices of not only southern Peru, but the entire country.

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Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.