Producers threaten they'll block roads in protest

Peru: Chira's organic bananas need water

The president of the National Banana Board, Valentin Ruiz Delgado, said that the ALA wasn't providing enough water to the Users Board of Chira, which in turn must distribute the resource to the Miguel Checa hydraulic sub-sector, so that the farmers water 600 hectares of organic bananas.

The problem dates back more than a month in some places, and almost three months in other areas. This situation has been causing concern among the producers of bananas for export.

The official said the ALA offered them water for December 1, and farmers said that, if they didn't get the water, they would protest and block several sections of the northern highway.

He also said that the lack of water affected the owners of the plots and workers in several sectors of the districts of Marcavelica and Ignacio Escudero.

And the water reserve?
Ruiz Delgado says that these export crops are part of the export program, and that they should be irrigated twice a month, or for a month and a half with water form the Miguel Checa channel.

"This is becoming a habit. In 2016 we protested because the reservoir was clogged and there was a drought. The banana is a permanent crop, therefore, we must have a water reserve for its cultivation," he said.

In Marcavelica, there is a lack of water to irrigate 500 hectares, and in Ignacio Escudero there are 123 hectares that need water. The lack of water affects areas such as La Curva, Caña, Abrojo, Camote, Vista Florida, Monteron, and Saman.


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