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The Mayor of Lorca alert "calamity" that can suffer drought Lorca (28/10/2014)

Francisco Jodar supports the implementation of the Water Banks, the purchase of water from irrigation communities, desalinated water at an affordable price, a plan for the replacement of trees and exceptional tax measures to help farmers.

Lorca Mayor Francisco Jodar has described this morning "calamitous" situation that may suffer throughout the valley region Guadalentin because of the severe drought that is hurting this area, particularly from the month January.

Jodar Alonso has indicated that it is a "highly troubling and special sensitivity" issue, since we are talking about an issue that hits squarely in the primary sector, which is the main socio-economic engine of the town, and that puts us further at the gates of an environmental problem of considerable magnitude.

Loss of crops and the consequent advance of desertification is a problem that we have an obligation to stop now, or pay the consequences the next generations of Lorca.

The mayor stressed that long ago jumped alarms about, so that all agents linked to the sector have intensified even further our work to find solutions.

We must show that Guadalentin Valley is the most affected area of ​​Spain's drought, the proof is that the hydrological year 2013/14 was marked by extreme aridity, reaching numbers have desert.

The mayor is anticipated that as more imminent solutions, will ask the Government of Spain to subsidize the price of desalinated water in no case exceed 30 cents per cubic meter.

Jodar has indicated that the Ministry has already drafted a ministerial order which considers beneficial measures for our farmers.

The petitions will come up to the Government of Spain include the following:

Varietal Multiyear Plan Conversion to help our farmers.

Authorization Irrigation Relief where infrastructure permit and authorize the opening of dry wells.

Reduction of tax modules, exemption compensated IBI, Social Security and other taxes, and establish the provision of guarantees for lines of low-interest loan.

Allow entry of cattle cereal plantations without the possibility of collecting, without condition to the Single Payment of crop rotation, and the allowances for losses from drought Agroseguro.

Exceptional measures (modification of the Rural Development Programme) to perceive Agroambientales production (integrated and organic) Aid.

Maximum support for irrigators Lorca.

Lorca Mayor held this morning a working meeting with the President of the Community of Irrigators Township, Julian Marin, who has expressed the full support of the City Council to the serious situation we are experiencing, especially emphasizing the support expressed by this proposal for the purchase of water quotas and actual and effective operation of Water Banks, a move that would help to solve the current problems called.

The meeting has also served to highlight the outstanding investments that the Government of Spain will perform next year in our town, and they pose a global economic pillar than 15.5 million.

In fact Lorca irrigators are the main beneficiaries of the State Budget for Lorca, with the implementation of such important works as the distribution of water from the desalination Eagles (6.1 million), the piping of the clear water from channel Reservoir Puentes facilities Kill House (4.8 million), and the modernization of irrigation Tertia (12.8 million).

The President of Lorca irrigators, Julian Marin, said that "will support the Mayor this line of work. I'm with him and continue to work. I appreciate your support and involvement with the problems of the farmers, and the workshop we are holding this morning. The 2nd hand can get the solutions they need. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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