They seek to combat drought with the stimulation of rain in Coahuila and Durango

In order to combat and contain drought and desertification in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) has implemented adaptation and mitigation measures through various technical actions and approaches, including the stimulation of rainfall with the support of the Air Force releasing silver iodide molecules in seven states, including Durango and Coahuila.

These initiatives contribute to improving productivity in the arid and semi-arid zones of the country and to mitigate the effects of the recurring drought that afflicts thousands of agricultural producers, highlighted the head of the federal agency, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula.

Among the actions promoted by Agriculture is the rain stimulation project, which through the National Commission for Arid Zones (Conaza) and with the support of the Mexican Air Force, a team of technicians releases silver iodide molecules over the clouds to promote precipitation and has been applied in states such as Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila and Zacatecas.

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Likewise, through the National Soil Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture (ENASAS), work is carried out aimed at promote the retention of water in the soil and the sustainable management of this resource for agriculture, as well as contributing to raising awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy soils for food security and adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

Also, soil conservation and restoration practices are promoted to reduce erosion and increase the collection and infiltration of rainwater in seasonal agricultural areas and actions to improve irrigation systems and in general, make more efficient management of water for agricultural, livestock and aquaculture use.

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In another line of action, the installation of fodder nopal nurseries was undertaken to deal with the effects of the drought on livestock. Through Conaza, nurseries were established in five entities of the country with high rates of drought.

The forage nopal is highly efficient in the use of water, has a great genetic diversity, has a wide range of adaptation to climate and soil conditions and is a highly productive forage, used to feed livestock.

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