The news agency Europa Press has reported about the opening of proceedings by the Court of Instruction number 4 of Almería to investigate whether there is a crime in the cultivation of 166.49 irrigated hectares in La Joya de Aguamarga, in the Natural park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar.
According to judicial sources, the criminal case has been initiated after the Environmental Prosecutor's Office formalized a complaint, having assessed that the transformation of the soil to prepare it for the cultivation of stone fruit trees is evidence of a crime. The case was brought to the Public Prosecutor's Office by the "Friends of the Natural Park" association, saying that "the transformation of land has taken place without the mandatory municipal license or the environmental authorization."
Already in the month of May this year, the Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Government of Andalusia rejected the unified environmental authorization requested by Agrofruits Levante SL, intended to "allow changes in the La Joya de Aguamarga estate to allow the cultivation of irrigated citrus."
According to the complaint that has been made to the Prosecutor's Office, and which has led to the opening of criminal proceedings, the farm, which has a total of 251.98 hectares, already has 166.49 hectares of irrigated stone fruit trees, and is now pursuing to legalize them.
Of these, 11.27 hectares are located in a B1 zone, which are natural areas of general interest; 67.94 hectares in B2 zones, which are semi-natural areas with traditional uses; and 82.19 hectares in C1 zones, where agricultural production can be allowed, but in this case, the sufficient availability of water resources hasn't been accredited.