Spain - Reservoir levels La Viñuela reach ‘critical’ situation

12.01.2022 236 views

A serious shortage of water in Malaga’s reservoirs are creating a critical situation. The lack of water for irrigation in the La Viñuela reservoir is causing despair to farmers. They fear the drought will begin to damage their mango trees this year, although the plantations would withstand the situation.

Javier Braun, the president of the Spanish Tropical Association: “The situation is critical. We have been warning for ten years that the wolf is coming, and no one has listened to us. It would be a catastrophe if we had to start uprooting trees in a region where 90 per cent of men and women work in the subtropics.”

“With a cultivated area of ​​around 9,000 hectares, located mainly in the Axarquia and Costa Tropical region of Granada, this sector is one of the great economic engines of the region. It is a livelihood on which the economy of more than 5,000 small farmers directly depend, and which generates thousands of indirect jobs derived from the production conditions, and the trading companies of the region. Some of them are transnational references in the tropical sector”, Braun stressed.

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