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Spain: Andalusia removes restrictions on supply of irrigation water for subtropical crops

The Andalusian Government has lifted the restrictions on the supply of water for the irrigation of subtropical crops, which are mostly cultivated in the region of Axarquía (Malaga). The reason for this is the increase in water reserves recorded in recent weeks.

The spokesperson of the Platform of Waters of the Axarquía, Alejandro Clavero, has explained that producers will have access to eleven cubic hectometres between 1 April and 30 September, when the hydrological year comes to an end.

When the restrictions were introduced at the end of last year, only ten hectometres were allocated for the entire hydrological year; of these, six hectometres had already been consumed.

With the new agreement, irrigators will have access to no fewer than seventeen hectometres during the current hydrological year, since the current proposal of eleven hectometres is subject to be revised upward in a future management committee, which will take place in mid-May if the water reserves increase.

Clavero pointed out that the only limitation that has been established is that the La Viñuela reservoir must have a minimum of 43 cubic hectometres at the end of summer and early autumn.

Source: EFE

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