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Spain: Producers from Malaga are waiting for the rains

Producers from Malaga are hopeful that the first wet fronts that announce storms will put an end to the drought that has affected the reservoirs in the province. All regions and producers of all crops are hopeful it will rain in September. The only producers that don't want it to rain are grape producers, as they are currently harvesting and a significant amount of water would be quite harmful to them.

A hailstorm would also be detrimental to producers. A hailstorm would  put at risk table olives, which will begin to be collected soon. "There have been some recent episodes of hail in the Sierra Sur of Seville, as well as in some neighboring towns within the province of Malaga and we do not want to have damage caused by this type of weather event. However, it hasn't rained for more than four months now and the high temperatures rule out this kind of weather event at this time of year," said the president of Asaja Malaga, Baldomero Bellido.

The weather is due to the constant seasonal changes, he added. Yesterday, there were some stormy phenomena recorded near Archidona and some high levels at the Natural Park of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, the union spokesman said. There has been no significant rainfall in the province since April 24, so any water that falls will be welcome.

Apart from the rain, the spokespeople for the sector are demanding an improvement of the infrastructure. Bellido recently asked regional leaders to maintain the coastal connection between the reservoirs of La Concepción and La Viñuela in order to guarantee enough water resources for the subtropical sector, as well as the transfer from Iznajar, not only to avoid the dreaded restrictions in the localities of the Antequeran region, but also because they can lead to new opportunities in irrigating this part of the province of Malaga.

"This would give tranquility to the agricultural sector and solve structural problems that generate restrictions in times of drought," said other representatives. This is the message that the Spanish Association of Producers of Subtropical Fruits conveyed to the Board during a meeting that served to lay the foundations so that in the future Malaga's avocado be granted a protected origin designation.


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