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Water Reservoirs Could Save Harvest in Summer
By Oliver Pérez

 

Hope begins to appear for small-scale farmers in Guanacaste; just as the drought produced by the ‘El Niño’ phenomenon approaches.

A National University Mesoamerican Center of Dry Tropics Sustainable Development (CEMEDE-UNA) project seeks to contribute to nutritional security by means of building alternative rainwater reservoirs, giving Guanacastecan farmers the ability to guarantee the production of basic grains during the dry season.

This is made possible thanks to the project driven by CEMEDE and UNA . According to Nicoya campus academic, Henry Toruño.

According to Toruño this initiative seeks to systemize the existing experiments in the nation developing water reservoirs for agricultural ends. The first phase is being set in motion with reservoir design models in a number of farms in the Nicoya canton. The second phase will be an analysis of the feasibility of building these reservoirs in the region.

The project is being implemented in two farms belonging to Miguel Agüero and Gerardo Briceño in the community of Juan Díaz Nicoya, with the aim of developing a training process for these and other small-scale agricultural producers.

Toruño added that he hopes to educate and motivate small and medium producers on the existence of efficient and practical systems to produce grains and vegetables grown during the dry season.
“We can design reservoirs by means of geomembranes, hard clays and plastics. In September a seminar addressed the type, dimensions and profile of the product, and this is what we are working to put into motion” emphasized Toruño.

According to Toruño, with the experiment in these farms it will be possible to create these water tanks with a minimum investment
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