Irrigators in the provinces of Alicante, Murcia and Almeria have expressed this morning with one voice the need for new transfers to the southeast Spanish during the vindictive act which was held on the seafront of San Juan de los Terreros (Pulpí) to sensitize the population of the importance of transfers to make the important fruit and vegetable production that from the Levante supply to the markets of several continents a reality.
The act, framed within the campaign "Savor the water that unites us", organized by the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct (Scrat), has had the participation of irrigators from Alicante, Murcia and Almeria, that they have come together to defend that the transfers are contemplated in the future National Water Pact and to claim, in particular, the continuity of the Tajo-Segura transfer, which has been “at zero” for a few months. Only in the province of Almería, The Tajo-Segura Transfer guarantees supply to a population of more than 80.000 inhabitants residing in a dozen municipalities, while allowing more than 23.000 hectares.
Transfers, a matter of state
The representatives of the irrigated sector in the southeast of Spain have agreed to recognize the need for a State policy on water that encompasses the interests of all Spanish regions and that contemplates the interconnection of basins "in a clear strategic commitment to distribute fairly a public resource like water, that it belongs to everyone and that it does not belong to those who are close to it ”, Lucas Jiménez has stated, SCRATS President.
During the claiming act, the irrigators of the Spanish southeast have starred in a massive distribution of fruit and vegetables to sensitize the residents and vacationers of the beach of San Juan de los Terreros (Pulpí) the importance of defending and maintaining transfers to guarantee agricultural activity in the Spanish southeast. In a tent installed on the seafront, a wide selection of fruits and vegetables grown in the three provinces has been exhibited thanks to the water from the transfers. Also, A photocall with the hashtag #aguaquenosune has allowed attendees to support this awareness campaign by uploading their photos to Facebook, Twitter e Instagram.
The campaign "Savor the water that unites us" has reached the beaches of the province of Almería after an intense tour of Alicante and Murcia that began in the past 28 July. This campaign ends tomorrow Tuesday in the Plaza Mayor de Vera. The organizers of the campaign appreciate the collaboration of the companies that have donated fruits and vegetables, without which it would have been impossible to carry out this initiative: Proexport, Melons Grandfather, Vegetable Murciana, Moca, The Ritas, Kernel, Share 120, Almerca, Looije, Mercagrisa, Surinver, GS Spain, Soltir, Agrodolores El Mirador, Agromediterránea, Watermelons Fashion, Agrícolas Navarro de Haro, Looije y Sarita Tomates Cherry.
Negratín-Almanzora crossing, in distress
The Federation of Irrigators of Almería (FERAL) has expressed this morning that the closure of the Negratín-Almanzora Transfer may be imminent. The drought has caused the reservoirs at the head of the basin to be very close to the 30% of its capacity and that the level of the Negratín reservoir touches the 210 Hm3, which is the limit to stop transferring water to Almanzora. The president of FERAL, Jose Antonio Fernandez, has confirmed this morning in San Juan de los Terreros (Pulpí) that "everything indicates that the closure of the Negratín-Almanzora Transfer is inevitable and that the worst is yet to come", alluding to the lack of alternatives to guarantee the survival of agricultural activity in the Levante province.
The suspension of the Negratín-Almanzora Transfer would mean the loss of a total of 15 Hm3 until next time 31 December. The absence of that water resource would affect the 50% agricultural production of the Almanzora, since the lack of water will immediately cause a reduction in the production area and the loss of thousands of wages in the field, with the consequent economic and social impact. The president of Aguas del Almanzora, the company that manages the transfer Negratín-Almanzora, He explained today in Pulpí that "the hardest part for irrigators is knowing that we have no other options and that the lack of water means unemployment and ruin for many of the inhabitants of the region, because agriculture is our main economic activity ”, according to Javier Serrano.
The president of FERAL considers that the absence of alternatives is the result of political inaction. "The irrigators of Almería have been claiming for a long time, for example, the construction of the Water Highway from Rules to Cuevas, since this project would help to redistribute the available water resources and protect the agricultural activity of any area of the province in the event of a temporary water cut ”, José Antonio Fernández has stated, who added that "the closure of Negratín-Almanzora and the absence of available resources in the Tajo-Segura justify, today more than ever, that the irrigators of the Spanish southeast are united to demand new transfers and to remind our political representatives that in Spain there is water for all, but it is badly distributed ”.