President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that these farms contaminate aquifers, for which reason he will issue decrees in order to take care of the water.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will issue decrees so that hog farms are not installed in Yucatán, given the high levels of pollution these farms produce.
“Decrees are going to be issued for the care of water, to avoid contamination, preventing farms from being installed in places where it has been shown that the aquifers are contaminated,” he declared this Thursday during the morning press conference at the National Palace.
The president announced that the Ministry of the Environment (Sedema) has already carried out corresponding studies and a proposal is being prepared in coordination with the Government of Yucatán.
Communities in the municipality of Izamal, Yucatán, have repeatedly denounced that the “Kancabchén II” pig farm has caused serious contamination problems in their territory, for which they have demanded that the operations of said company be suspended.
In April 2022, the indigenous community of Sitilpech, from that town, managed to get a judge to grant the suspension of the farm. However, this was later thrown out by a court.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, activists, organizations and members of Sitilpech demonstrated in Yucatan, within the framework of International Water Day , against the pig megafarm of about 50,000 pigs, since they maintain that it has contaminated their water wells and cenotes, affecting the ecosystem, biodiversity and health.
The protesters are demanding respect for the free self-determination of said Maya people and denounced the repression by the government of Yucatán, since 8 defenders of Sitilpech were accused of the crime of “obstructing state-owned communication channels” while they were demonstrating against the farm.