Sunday , June 23 2024

Farmers on Westside Thankful for Any Rain

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<div>Local farmers thrilled about the recent rainstorm, many saying a little water is better than nothing.</div><div><br /></div><div>There are nearly 700 family farms on the westside and many of them are holding on to their business by a thread, because of the drought. They said the best gift they can receive this holiday season is rain.</div><div><br /></div><div>Paul Betancourt is a farmer in Kerman. He’s been here in the city since 1981.</div><div><br /></div><div>Betancourt said, &quot;We’ve been growing cotton, wheat for the last few years.&quot;</div><div><br /></div><div>But, there’s only one thing that’s been &quot;raining&quot; on his parade- the lack of just that.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;Farming is great if you have water. But that’s really the problem. There hasn’t been water,&quot; said Betancourt.</div><div><br /></div><div>Until Thursday that is. Thursday’s big storm brought Betancourt and many farmers on the westside some relief.</div><div><br /></div><div>He said, &quot;We need water so bad, we’ll take it anytime, anyway! Let it pour.&quot;</div><div><br /></div><div>However Gayle Holman with the Westlands Water District said farmers arent out of the woods yet. Until reservoirs are more filled, she said there still isn’t enough water to go around.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;They are so empty, historically dry right now, that we need several rain storms just to catch up,&quot; said Holman.</div><div><br /></div><div>Holman said California is the largest agricultural producing state in the nation, and local farmers won’t give up without a fight.</div><div><br /></div><div>Holman exclaimed, &quot;People in this area are resilient and they don’t give up easily.&quot;</div><div><br /></div><div>Betancourt prays this last storm is only the first of many, or the outlook could remain grim.</div><div><br /></div><div>He said, &quot;It’s gonna get very lonely out in the westside. Because I’ve had neighbors that have laid off 4,000-9,000 acres just to get by.&quot;</div></div>

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