Lack of diesel: in Formosa it slows down the harvest and the arrival of food and prevents the transfer of animals to recover them from the drought

The lack of diesel prevents leaving the crisis generated by the drought last summer in the coastal provinces. (NA)

Many of the provinces affected by the lack of diesel, where the supply is null or almost null, went through complex moments from the climate last summer, with a deep drought and fires, which in the case of Tucumán affected more than 1,000. 000 hectares and economic losses exceeded 80,000 million pesos. The producers affected by this situation still continue with the tasks of “restarting the activity”, such as the transfer of animals and improving the infrastructure of the fields, which is now being held back by the fuel crisis.

This is how he commented to this medium, Thomas Palazona producer from Formosa, whose district is among the eight provinces determined by the Argentine Federation of Freight Transport Business Entities (FADEEAC), where the supply at service stations is “very low or null”.

It’s a widespread problem. Since last January, the problem of lack of fuel began in our province and also in Chaco, in the midst of a complex climatic situation, due to drought and fires. At the end of February, when the problem was installed in the media and the freight rate was fixed, there were slight moments of improvement. In other words, when media exposure reached high levels, a higher level of supply was reached,” Palazon pointed out.

Currently bulk sale is restricted to no more than 500 liters and at some point reached 1,000 litres. In addition, in the service stations they deliver up to 2,000 and 3,000 pesos and trucks no more than 100 liters and in Formosa not only lacks diesel, but also gasoline. “In my area where I live, which is General Manuel Belgrano, from Monday to Wednesday of this week there was no liter of gasoline. Then a truck arrived with 5,000 liters and it was finished in less than two hours, with a line of more or less three blocks. And yesterday the shortage returned,” said the producer, who also recalled that “we have never reached a fluid supply, demand was always limited, with no more than 1,000 and 1,500 liters for the people who are harvesting and sowing,” he said.

Drought and fires

The image is of the fires in Corrientes, but provinces, such as Formosa, were also affected
The image is of the fires in Corrientes, but provinces, such as Formosa, were also affected

In the midst of this scenario, the consequences for agricultural activity, according to Palazon, are that “the harvest is stopped“, but also the activity of dealing with the agricultural emergency due to the drought and the fires of last summer is complex. “The operation of the cage trucks, which are still moving animals due to the inclement weather, is slowed down. This entire area is still affected by drought. Although it rained in the eastern parts of Chaco and Formosa, in the center-west it still did not rain enough, which means that the onset of winter is serious. Treasury movements are stopped, trucks take time to arrive and those who have to travel do not load more than 80/100 liters and with that they do not get anywhere, “said the producer.

not chainsaws

To all this, he added that it is still a problem to advance with the tasks of remodeling the fences of those fields where the fires advanced on them, where the lack of fuel prevents the use of the essential tools for the tasks, such as chainsaws. And finally, Palazon argued that Nor can supplemental fodder reach rural establishments, which producers need today to feed animals, in the midst of the emergency due to drought and fires..

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