An Emergency Plan to address damage to Colombia’s agriculture caused by last year’s extended rainy season requires an investment of $900,000, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.
“We will need, at least this year, $900,000 to implement the Emergency Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, which aims to tackle the winter crisis in the country,” said Santos in a press release.
He emphasized that the severe flooding over the rainy season not only affected houses and roads but also caused a lot of damage in the agricultural sector.
“This is not just about destroyed houses or compatriots who lost their homes, but also about destroyed roads, about one million hectares flooded and hundreds of thousands of dead animals in the agricultural sector,” said Santos.
“Our commitment, the commitment of all Colombians, is to turn this bad time into an opportunity. The purpose of this government is to rebuild our infrastructure so that it is better than before,” Santos continued.