Drought-hit Bolivia to get well drilling rigs from India

LA PAZ – The Indian government will donate two well drilling rigs to the Bolivian department of Beni in order to mitigate the drought, said the president of the Federation of Cattle Owners of that region (Fegabeni), Abdón Nacif Abularach.

This donation, valued at US$294,000, is due to the approval of a Fegabeni’s project presented last March to the Indian ambassador to the South American country, Sandeep Chakravorty.

The equipment will arrive by the end of the year.

For the donation, Fegabeni received the support of the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, the Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Cesar Cocarico, and Jessica Jordan, who assumes the position of consul of Bolivia in New York.

The Bolivian government had declared a national emergency on November 21 after the Latin American country faced the worst drought on record in three decades. The lack of water has been blamed on a potent mix of El Nino, climate change, population growth, and water diversions for agriculture and mining.