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LatinNews Daily - 19 April 2021

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In brief: Drought in Mexico affects agricultural sector

* A drought in Mexico has now affected 83.92% of the country, hitting the countryside which had already suffered from a decrease in precipitation in 2020. The drought is linked to the ‘La Niña’ climate effect. As a result of this drought, agricultural production of crops such as grains and sugar cane is expected to decrease, leading to a rise in imported crops and higher prices, the director of consultancy Grupo Consultor de Mercados Agrícolas (GMCA), Juan Carlos Anaya, has warned. Anaya cited the states of Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua as being particularly at risk. According to GMCA, the country’s 210 dams are at 46.4% of their total capacity, while the 16 dams which hold water for agricultural usage are 33.1% capacity, a 55% decrease on water levels a year earlier.