The platform "Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca" has complained that more than one million kilos of watermelons have been left unharvested this year in an area of 25 hectares in the Umbria del Factor, in the Spanish municipality of Yecla. It is the same farm which already left millions of heads of lettuce unharvested barely two months ago.
"Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca" recalled that this farm, like many others, consumes water from the aquifer that also serves to supply the city with water (the Cingla-Cuchillo aquifer), which is overexploited at 250%. That is, the aquifer is refilled with 8.65 hm³ per year, and in the same period, 21.5 hm³ are extracted. According to official data from the Basin Plan, of the 21.5 hm³ that are extracted, only 1.7 are used outside the limits of the aquifer. The abandonment of crops has entailed the waste of about 80 million liters of water.
Besides, with such an amount of organic matter rotting in the open ground, the platform also denounced the higher risk of the spread of flies, as already observed in the area in the months of April and May.