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Spain:

Lorca almonds at serious risk due to lack of water

Almond production in the Lorca districts of La Paca, Zarcilla de Ramos and Las Terreras is under serious threat this year due to a lack of water to irrigate the crop. According to the president of the Campo Alto Irrigation Community, Juan Garcia Corbalan, if there is no relief soon, the almond will fail to mature, costing more than 320 producers their entire annual harvest

The same fate will befall the olive which, together with the almond, accounts for 60% of the income received by farmers in the area.

Local growers insist that they don't want to take irrigation from other crops that need it, but have asked that a Water Table be created for the Lorca Highlands, so that any unused water can be fairly redistributed. The Lorca City Council, the Ministry of Agriculture and the CHS have already been approached with this proposal.

Source: murciatoday.com


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