The president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, adhered this Wednesday to the institutional declaration signed earlier this week by the regional president, Fernando López Miras, and the Andalusian, Juan Manuel Moreno, to make a common front in defense of the Tajo-Segura Transfer. The signing was staged in the Palacio de San Esteban, seat of the Government of the Region of Murcia.
Previously, a meeting was held in which the Minister of Water, Antonio Luengo, and representatives of the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct (SCRATS) and the organizations Asaja, UPA, COAG, Agrupal, Aproexpa and Proexport also participated. The objective of this institutional agreement is to stop the central government’s intention to modify the exploitation rules of the Tajo-Segura Transfer by introducing a reduction of the 38 cubic hectometres per month of level 2 that are sent to Almería, Murcia and Alicante, to 27 hm3.
After the signature, López Miras showed that the future of the Region of Murcia, Almería and Alicante “passes” through the Tajo-Segura transfer, an infrastructure that allows “an efficient and unique management”, as well as agriculture and industry food that are “an example to the world.” Thus, he recalled that one out of every four fruits or vegetables produced in the country are grown thanks to this Transfer, while highlighting the solidarity that it implies and its effects on the territorial and social cohesion of Spain, in addition to constituting “a guarantee »To avoid desertification.
For the regional president, the Tajo-Segura “brings many opportunities to many families”, both in terms of employment, with the generation of 300,000 indirect and 110,000 direct jobs, and wealth, since it contributes 3,000 million euros each year to the whole of Spain. “Thanks to the transfer and that of our farmers and irrigators during this last year of the pandemic, when the Spaniards have had the worst, there was no shortage of food in the markets, in the homes, neither in those of Spain nor in those of much of Europe “He added, after insisting that agriculture is an” essential “activity and the Tagus-Segura is” what makes it exist. “
López Miras also warned that at the moment the supply of more than 2.5 million people and the price they pay for it is “at stake”. “If the decisions made by the central government are consummated, not only would we have half of the current flow, but Murcia, Alicante and Almeria would have to pay much more for water that does not cost a cent of a euro in others territories of Spain “, he pointed out.
Puig: «The Transfer is inalienable until there are alternatives»
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, rejected this Wednesday the common front of the Region of Murcia and Andalusia in defense of the Tajo-Segura Transfer, which was joined by the Alicante Provincial Council. Of course, he guaranteed that the Transfer is “inalienable” until there are alternative solutions.
“We are going to be there, not in the field of partisanship, confrontation and demagoguery,” he stressed at a press conference. Puig assured that the position of the Valencian government focuses on “rationally analyzing the conflict” and seeking solutions, in addition to staying “in permanent contact” with irrigators and with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.
And all this, “influencing the inalienable position of the defense of the transfer until there are alternative solutions,” he emphasized in his appearance with the president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, after a working meeting.
The objective of the Murcia-Andalusia region agreement, he considers, is to “stop the Government’s intention” to modify the exploitation rules of the Tajo-Segura by introducing a reduction from 38 to 27 cubic hectometres per month of level 2 that are sent to Almería, Murcia and Alicante.
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