The Porto Novo delegate of the Ministry of Rural Development, Daniel Xavier, affirms that in this initial phase all farmers raising livestock who joined the plan launched by the ministry were provided with support for the acquisition of hay and water.
The plan consisted of providing subsidies to the farmers, as well as medical and medication assistance and 50% of all fuel costs. The price charged for water was also reduced from 200 escudos to 85 escudos per metric ton.
The rescue plan has been complemented with the repair of two water reservoirs in the north of the municipality – a 500-cubic meter reservoir in Chã de Feijoal and another with a 60 cubic meter capacity in Lagoinha/Bolona.
Daniel Xavier explains that the hay was gathered in Sul, Manuel Lopes, Ribeira dos Bodes and Lajedos, also in the municipality of Porto Novo. According to Xavier, if the lack of rain persists, additional livestock rescue plans are ready to be put into action between January and June. The plans will include the continuation of the support currently being provided but will also feature the development of new actions, to be specified by the Ministry of Rural Development in the coming days.