As Tropical Storm Pilar approaches the Salvadoran territory, President Nayib Bukele has instructed government institutions to swiftly implement preventive measures to support the agricultural sector. The nation has been placed under a state of national emergency and a red alert, as anticipated by President Bukele, allowing for the rapid mobilization of teams and resources.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has presented agricultural producers with various options and recommendations to help mitigate risks associated with the impending heavy rains.
“In response to the tropical storm Pilar alert, we have established shelters to assist you in relocating your livestock and pets, thereby preventing potential risks, damages, or losses,” emphasized the MAG. In total, over 15 shelters have been prepared and are strategically located in Chalatenango, La Libertad, La Paz, Usulután, San Miguel, and La Unión.
It is essential to note that not all shelter sites are suitable for all types of animals. The MAG has specified shelters for pets and farm animals, small animals, exclusively farm animals, general livestock, and exclusively bovine livestock (cows, bulls, etc.).
Regarding crop protection, the Ministry of Agriculture has provided recommendations such as maintaining drainage on flat terrains, avoiding plowing to prevent erosion, and preventing the accumulation of trash or vegetation.
In addition, it’s crucial to remember that artisanal fishing is temporarily restricted due to the high risks posed by the strong winds and tides, which can potentially capsize fishing vessels.
Similarly, tourism and recreational activities in lakes, rivers, and the sea are also restricted as a precautionary measure.
The government’s technicians and extensionists are on standby to address the concerns of agricultural producers, while the National Civil Protection System has more than a hundred shelters available, with plans to set up an additional 20, to accommodate families who may need to evacuate their homes due to the storm’s potential risks.