Argentine Government Launch Aid Package For Stricken Farmers

The government of Argentina purchased 300,000 bales of alfalfa, from the province of San Juan in the far north west of the country on Saturday, in a move to launch a 50 million pesos (US$16.6 million)drought relief fund, for distressed farmers who are victims of the worse drought in the nations history.

The alfalfa will be distributed to the smallest livestock farmers over the next two weeks in order to attempt to save livestock. The farmers will also be given seeds, in order to plant early grass for the summer as part of the package.

La Pampa, the largest cattle producing region of Argentina, has been suffering a shortage of rain since March of last year.