Posted On 12 May 2017
Yesterday, the estuaries and rivers in the Coast were still causing floods in some agricultural zones of the Guayas and Los Ríos provinces, and still represent a threat to others.
The Yaguachi, Jujan, Babahoyo, Daule, and Milagro rivers are a potential threat, but in America Lomas (Daule county) rice ears are broken. In that area the product is still in the maturation stage, so the farmers must harvest it before time with their sickle, rice is moist and its quality, not the best, an equation that represents losses.
This is what Ignacio Duque does, a farmer who has hired four workers to harvest a small part of his flooded crops. Four people work all day to cut and harvest the ears frantically because the harvesting machines can not do everything.
“If I harvest the rice it is because then it is born again and represents a problem for the new crop. There is nothing left, no gains, just losses,” says Duque, who harvested a total of 20 sacks, less than half of what he usually harvests in summer.
“There are people who still can not sow because everything is flooded,” said WilfridoMoran, 67.