The Amazonas State Government, through the Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation – Dr. Rosemary Costa Pinto and the State Health Secretariat, have launched the Contingency Plan for Health Surveillance Efforts for Drought in Amazonas, to guide municipalities in dealing with the situation this year. The document is available at https://abre.ai/gPbc.
Cooperation between the state government and Amazonas Energia guarantees supply to the interior during the drought
The Amazonas state government and Amazonas Power Company have carried out strategic planning, as part of Operation Drought 2023, so that none of the municipalities in the state, which are not yet interconnected to the National Interconnected System (SIN), will be left without electricity supply during the drought.
The dredging will be carried out on the Solimões River and will be eight kilometers long, lasting up to 45 days and costing R$38 million. Another dredging to be carried out on the Madeira River will be 12 km long and cost R$100 million.
Small farmers, extractivists and fishermen with an income of up to 1.5 minimum wages, who have lost production because of the drought, will be paid a benefit of R$850. Fishermen will also be able to withdraw their Seguro Defeso (closed season insurance) funds in advance.
The renegotiation of debts and credits due was granted to producers who have financed with Afeam (Amazonas State Development Agency), in addition to the suspension of the collection process, interest on arrears, fines and also the denial of clients with credit restriction agencies.
The Amazonas Institute for Agricultural and Sustainable Forestry Development (IDAM) is advising family farmers to implement some emergency measures in order to mitigate agricultural losses.
With an investment of R$8.1 million from the federal government, around 1,103 producers from 56 cities affected by the drought in the state have benefited from the Food Acquisition Program. The produce purchased is being sent to previously registered socially vulnerable organizations.
The State Aid, paid by the Amazonas State Government on the 15th of each month, has been brought forward. The measure covers all those who receive the benefit.
The program serves students affected by the drought in the state. More than 2,200 students from the state school system have already received the program’s food kit in the affected municipalities
Government exempts R$1 from the value of the “Full Plate Program” in all municipalities impacted by the drought
Municipalities that have declared a state of alert and emergency and have the Prato Cheio (Full Dish) Program have been exempted from the amount, benefiting more than 200,000 people.