Drought and more efficient irrigation systems are the main challenges facing Chilean agriculture in 2024

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 19, 2024

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Chilean agricultural producers are grappling with drought conditions, particularly in the north, affecting key exports like table grapes. Despite these challenges, the country's agricultural GDP has seen significant growth since 2017, reaching US$28.9 billion in 2023. However, the sector is under pressure due to rising inflation and interest rates, which have increased costs and impacted producers' access to credit and their ability to invest.
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Drought and more efficient irrigation systems. These are some of the challenges that Chilean producers face this year. According to the latest report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), agricultural producers see drought as a structural problem and recognize the need to adapt to it by making irrigation systems more efficient. According to the entity, producers are investing in their own water storage infrastructure and incorporating technology into their production systems. However, 2023 marked a possible end to the drought thanks to high levels of precipitation in the center and south of the country. Most weather stations in the central and southern regions recorded a surplus compared to pre-drought years. According to the USDA, the drought remains severe in the north; such as in the regions of Atacama and Coquimbo, which recorded less rainfall than normal in 2023. In addition, until January 2024, most of the large water reservoirs in the north of the country ...
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