Water from an aquaponics system works as an effective fertilizer that reduces crops’ growing time by up to 50 percent and reduces water use by up to 90 percent, according to research from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.
Rainfall along the Pacific coast has gradually returned to normal levels following last year's decrease in rainfall of up to 65 percent in Guanacaste and 30 percent in Puntarenas.
After surveying 348 cows across 19 farms in the area, 44 infected cows were identified, quarantined and killed to control the spread of the bacteria that affects people as well as animals.
Drought and excess rainfall during the past year caused damage worth some $19.8 million, the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry reported this week.
On Tuesday, representatives for four public agencies discussed actions they will take to deal with a severe drought in the northern and central Pacific regions of the country.