Moquegua would gain 55,000 productive hectares if it gets more water

Desalination projects to expand Peru's agricultural frontier

The regional governor of Moquegua, Zenon Gregorio Cuevas, said on Monday that he would boost investment in desalination projects of sea water in order to expand the agricultural frontier and supply the population's consumption.

"We want to boost investment in desalination projects of sea water for agriculture and consumption of the population in the Moquegua region, we have a potential of 55,000 new hectares of land that can be productive if we have more water," he said.

He said that there were 10,000 hectares and in the hills of Ilo and 45,000 hectares in the valleys of Clemesi that could be productive if they were supplied with water.

"We are inviting other companies and investors from other countries that have their own technology to desalinate sea water," said the Governor.

He also said that if these lands were to be used for agricultural use they would produce avocados, vine, olive, and damask, among other agro-export products.

He said that the Pasto Grande dam was built to store up to 200 million cubic meters of water, but to date it only contains 130 million cubic meters due to the impact of climate change and the lower rains that fall in the Moquegua region.

He indicated that they would contact ProInversion to promote these projects and that they had also invited private investment to present their proposals through their own initiatives.

In addition, he said, mining companies are also interested in investing in desalinating sea water.

"We hope that this will happen, our goal is to have projects in execution before the end of our administration," he added.

He stated this after signing a cooperation agreement with the Association of Exporters (Adex) in order to enhance the export capacity of the region.


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