The new, conservative Provincial Delegate for Agriculture, Carmen Crespo, is energetically back peddling over her remarks concerning water transfers from Rules .
The conservative PP has only just taken over the Junta de Andalucía and has already put here foot in it, it seems.
Many are nodding knowingly over the fact that a plan to transfer water from Granada’s Pantano de Rules to an Almería one is probably related to the fact that Almería is a PP stronghold.
It’s a PP stronghold because Almería is the epicentre of intensive farming under plastic using lots of immigrant labour and where there are lots of immigrants, you get lots of conservative votes.
So, back to facts rather than speculation. The Junta has rejected in an official press released any intention to transfer water out of Granada to feed Almería’s thirsty greenhouse sector.
This official statement comes after protests all along the Costa Tropical with Mayors of all political colours up in arms… because the municipal elections are so close!
“The [Agricultural] Board, within the scope of its actual responsibilities, has not at any moment, made any declarations, whatsoever, about water transfers concerning Rules,” reads the official statement.
The fact of the matter is that the water is going nowhere as there is not even a whiff of a operational distribution system in existence still.
The Junta de Andalucía changed hands a mere couple of months ago and nobody expected such a blunder so early in the new legislature.
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucía)