Spanish tropical sector concerned about drought in spring

The subtropical sector, which concentrates the bulk of its national production in the Axarquía, has just gone through its first month of water restrictions due to the drought and is looking at the spring with concern.

The Government of Andalusia plans to activate a drought plan for the Axarquía and other areas of Malaga, but before its entry into force, the administration and producers agreed to a 60 percent reduction in the supply of water from the water reservoir of La Viñuela starting from 1 December.

The result is that growers only have access to ten cubic hectometres of water from the reservoir in this hydrological year, compared to 23 in the past. And more than half of this figure has already been consumed. Meanwhile, the reservoir is at 22 percent of its capacity, with 36 cubic hectometres.

The spokesperson of the Platform of Waters of the Axarquía, Alejandro Clavero, said that despite the difficult situation, the sector shouldn't have any problems in the coming months, as the mango season came to a close last November, while the avocado harvest is now in full swing.

"Now in winter, we can manage with the occasional showers we may have, but the situation could become more difficult in spring and summer, when temperatures start to rise," he said.

Source: EFE

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