According to the General Community of Users (CGU) of the Orellana Canal, the Board promised to give aid to those who could not cultivate due to irrigation restrictions
The General Community of Users (CGU) of the Orellana Canal has asked the Ministry of Agriculture of the Junta de Extremadura to start up “as soon as possible” the aid to which it promised for those producers who have not been able to carry out their crops in this campaign due to irrigation restrictions caused by the drought.
Given this situation, the General Community of Users has reiterated to the regional Executive that the agreed measures “are carried out in order to cause the least possible damage to the farmers who have been affected.”
And it is that, as this organization recalls through a press release, “without the support of these producers, the distribution of water established prior to the start of the irrigation campaign would not have taken place,” they say.
In addition, the community of users of the Orellana Canal has asserted that it continues “working on raising awareness about the responsible use of water resources”, as well as on the importance of energy efficiency “for the sustainability of said resources and of crops. that make up the irrigation area of the Orellana Canal given its importance as the main economic engine.
It should be remembered that the irrigation area of the Orellana Canal encompasses more than 56,000 hectares of a total of 37 municipalities in the provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres and that it has more than 6,000 farmers.
The distribution of water
The General Community of Users of the Orellana Canal announced at the time the agreements adopted after the battery of meetings held in relation to the irrigation campaign, which takes place from May 3 to August 19. With a water supply of 24%, this area of the Guadiana basin has found itself in a really complicated situation.
The most benefited crops, based on the fact that all have been affected, are fruit trees, since it has been possible to irrigate 100% of nurseries and greenhouses, 100% of woody crops, 100% of vegetables. Of course, without exceeding the average area of the last two years “and only those producers who have planted vegetables in the last two years”, specified from the Canal de Orellana.
On the other hand, as regards industrial tomatoes, 3,500 hectares have been irrigated -the Organization of Fruit and Vegetable Producers (OPFH) notified the location at the time-. In addition, it has not been allowed to plant more than two crops (permanent, horticultural or industrial tomato).
Corn and rice, as anticipated from the technical proposal sent by the Ministry of Agriculture to the Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation by placing them last in a matter of priority, have undoubtedly borne the brunt.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.