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State invests 85 million in irrigation and drain systems for southern farmers

Chetumal, Q.R. — The government of Quintana Roo has invested more than 85 million peso in agricultural irrigation and drainage systems for the south of the state.

Governor Carlos Joaquín says 58 irrigation systems, including wells, have either been modified or newly installed to help farmers. The new systems cover more than 2,000 hectares, which he says, will help improve agriculture and harvest and generate more income for families.

The agricultural areas included corn and citrus producers from the communities of Jesús González Ortega, Ramonal, Palmar, Lázaro Cárdenas II, Juan Sarabia and Sacxan de Othón P. Blanco.

Fruit, vegetable growers and cattle ranchers in of Puerto Arturo, Solferino, Candelaria de Lázaro Cárdenas will also benefit from the updates as well as producers of pineapple and vegetables from Río Verde, Blanca Flor, Valentín Gómez Farías, Buenavista, El Cafetal and El Gallito, in Bacalar, Kancabchén and Cafetalito de José María Morelos.

He says that in addition to irrigation, 10 kilometers of agricultural drains were modified that will help 437 producers over 810 hectares. He explained that the drainage systems are important in times of heavy rains, such as what the region experienced earlier in the year, to allow flooded fields to drain.

The investment also included the hiring of 41 extension workers who trained, advised and accompanied local producers on harvest increase.

“With good agricultural practices and a vision of the future, together we advance in the development of the field,” said Governor Carlos Joaquín. He said that support for the countryside and producers in the south is a priority.

“Together we move forward in increasing the productivity of the farmers, and although there are already results, these are insufficient so we are going for more. We recognize that there is still a long way to go,” he said.

Rogelio Aguiñiga Cabrera, a producer from the town of Emiliano Zapata, said that with the new systems, it is easier to increase production.

“That’s good for us producers because profits improve and we can invest more in the land,” he said.