Visit of the Minister of Agriculture to Cuevas del Almanzora.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Carmen Ortiz, visited on Friday morning the City of Cuevas del Almanzora, where he signed the book of honor, and he has held a meeting with Mayor Antonio Fernández Liria and other councilors of the government team on the occasion of his visit to the works of the Community of Irrigators of the municipality.

Ortiz visited the works of improvement and consolidation that has made the Community Irrigation Cuevas del Almanzora accompanied by the provincial delegate Jose Manuel Ortiz and other authorities.

These actions are in addition to other projects to improve irrigation systems that allow use of the "model" water in this area and allow us to "boast of efficiency in the use of a good that is scarce in Andalusia and especially in the eastern Almeria". Also, Ortiz has encouraged farmers to continue working to modernize irrigation water use takes place "with full efficiency" and agriculture remains "the main economic engine" of Cuevas del Almanzora and this area of ​​Almería.

Carmen Ortiz has shifted today to the reservoir storage and flow regulation situated in the hamlet The Mateas (Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería) to see first hand one of the measures envisaged in the modernization project funded by the regional government. Specifically, the Ministry has granted aid 618.000 euros for the creation of the raft and the installation of a discharge pipe, four water distribution pipelines and remote watering system.

This public support granted other incentives are added prior to the Community Irrigation to build a desalination (grant of nearly five million euros for an investment of about 10 million) and to replace gravity irrigation system by another drip irrigation, thus saving the 5% water needed for crops (aid worth 2,6 million for an investment of over three million euros).

During the tour of the facility, the minister has been worth the continued support of the Government of Andalusia irrigation in the region and pointed out that the Rural Development Programme (PDR) for the next framework includes incentives for creating jobs and boosting the economy of the Andalusian territories where this activity takes place. Inter alia, the aid support investments to save water and energy intensive and introduce new crops and technologies. Also, also they subsidize advising farmers on the efficient use of new irrigation systems and alternative energy.

Irrigation Community Cuevas del Almanzora, formed by the Union of Irrigation and Irrigation Jury, reúne a un total de 1.800 farmers totaling 5.400 hectares of farmland located in the municipality.