Thirsty Farmers Protest

AND rules OnLIt’s not just that it costs them 1,000 euros in electricity to pump from irrigation wells; it’s also because seawater is encroaching.

It’s happened before in Almuñécar when the water table got so low that seawater made its way into it and killed off hundreds of fruit trees – that was back in the late 80’s/early 90’s before the Rules Reservoir was built.

And yet, the said reservoir contains hundreds of cubic hectometres of fresh water with nowhere to go because the distribution pipework is still in the bureaucratic pipework; i.e., only exists on paper.

Joaquín Cabrera, Chairman of the farmers’ association Agua para el Campo, has been beseeching provincial, regional and state administrations to get the distribution system laid and working, but all these administrations appear to be keen on is passing the buck and scoring political points off their political rivals.

“We’re desperate,” he explained, “because they just don’t understand the urgency of it.”

And the farmers are not just willing to complain because they are also willing to make a financial contribution to the project, as modest as it might be.

Juan Camacho, Chairman of Aprodate (Asociación de Productores Agrícolas del Trópico de Europa), explained that they are only irrigating their fruit trees once every 50 days, as opposed to every 15 to 20, both because of the cost of the water and because water is getting scarce due to the drought.

(News: Valle Rio Verde, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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