The Minister praised the commitment of Vipers Almeria farmers with efficient and sustainable water use.

Yesterday he met with the Community of Irrigators' Union of Irrigation of Cuevas del Almanzora’ and visited facilities Primaflor and greenhouse hydroponics.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Elena Vipers, stressed in Cuevas del Almanzora (Almería) the commitment of the farmers in this province with the efficient and sustainable use of water for irrigation, “the engine of a productive agriculture, value-added and job”. During his visit to the Community of Irrigators' Union of Irrigation of Cuevas del Almanzora’ for the project to improve irrigation and consolidation that is taking place this group, stressed that in Almería “all available water sources are used, whether inside or outside the watershed, is used to the last drop, even seawater, water resources and all those who allow it are reused”.

According Vipers, water is a basic pillar for agriculture, especially in Almeria, where there is a very dynamic sector linked to intensive agriculture, it provides practically the 10% GDP of the province. Hence, has added, “water infrastructure is a priority here, in the province where less rain in Andalusia, know where to extract the most out of every drop”.

The Minister stressed that from the Andalusian Government “We have always had a special support for irrigation and will continue to do so through the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the next call for funding to improve and modernize our irrigation, which will have greater flexibility to shorten resolution and enforcement”.

Last, He congratulated the community of irrigators by modernization initiative that have been conducted to improve the efficiency of water use, allowing the installation of more advanced irrigation systems and automated. This project, which received aid over 2,69 million of the Board for an eligible investment of over three million, will benefit some 1.240 hectares and provides a saving of 5% water.

The Minister was accompanied by Antonio Fernandez and Antonia Ponce, members of the local socialist group.

Visit Primaflor and greenhouse 'The Guiraos’

The Minister also held a meeting with representatives of Primaflor Group, in fruit and vegetable plant that the company has in the town of Cuevas del Almanzora.

During the tour of their facilities, stressed that this group, dedicated to the production, processing and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables and cut range (ready to eat), “is the European leader in production and marketing of lettuce and an example in the use of R & D as a growth engine”. About, Elena Vipers highlighted hydroponics facility in the company, a mineral water culture solutions instead of agricultural soil.

El Primaflor Group is comprised of six companies: Primaflor SA, producer of lettuce; Primaflor SAT, the Organization of Fruit and Vegetables in charge of the classification, packing, storage and marketing of vegetables; Peregrín, manipulative plant onions and garlic; Primaservi 2001, responsible for logistics and transportation; Multiflor, that manufactures and distributes cut flowers, Bananas and South, engaged in the research and development of horticultural products.

The main facilities are Primaflor hortofrutícolas Cuevas del Almanzora and Pulpí. The center of Cuevas del Almanzora who visited the counselor, located in the hamlet of Guazamara, has an area of 10.847 square meter cold store for fresh produce, industrial building for the production of IV range products and a cold storage of fresh produce and IV range.

Also, He held a meeting with representatives of the Agricultural Society Transformation (SAT) Los Guiraos’ and visited the facilities of greenhouse hydroponics Cuevas del Almanzora. With 515 commoners, It possesses three SAT Embalses, as are those of Marranera, Loma Loma Farx and Guirao in Valle del Almanzora. The irrigated area amounts to 3.500 hectares and its main crop is lettuce, with a production of about 3,5 million per hectare, a figure considered a record of productivity in Europe.

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