The Forum organized by Scrats and LA VERDAD starts at the Regional Auditorium with the interventions of Secretary of State Hugo Morán and López Miras
The president of the Autonomous Community, Fernando López Miras, and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, will open this Friday morning the conference on ‘Agriculture and water in Levante, present and future’, organized by the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura Transfer (Scrats) and THE TRUTH. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Regional Auditorium, and will feature speeches by representatives and political leaders of the five main national parties: Helena Caballero Gutiérrez (PSOE), Pedro Rollán Ojeda (PP), Iván Espinosa de los Monteros (Vox), Juantxo López de Uralde (United We Can) and Miguel Sánchez (Citizens).
The interventions will be told minute by minute on the LA VERDAD website and will also be broadcast via streaming.
The new hydrological year starts this Friday with new challenges for the Levante agri-food sector, one of the main pillars of development in the Region of Murcia, Alicante and Almería; a macrosector that encompasses numerous economic, social and research activities. It generates tens of thousands of jobs and leads fruit and vegetable exports.
To obtain answers and keys on the future of water and Levantine agriculture, Scrats and LA VERDAD are organizing two conferences that will include the participation of national political leaders, sector managers and experts in hydrological planning, economics and water law. The first session will take place this Friday in Murcia, and the second on Saturday in Orihuela with two tables and presentations with a strong technical and business profile.
This meeting takes place in a context marked by the current crisis and food autonomy; as well as due to the drought and the forthcoming approval of the basin plans, where the focus is on the Tagus and the Segura and the future of the Transfer.
The LA TRUTH website will offer the development of the entire session minute by minute and through streaming
Proposals of the parties
The act in the regional Auditorium will be attended this Friday by representatives of the agri-food sector of the Region of Murcia, Alicante and Almería, as well as business organizations and agricultural unions, among others.
The conference will be presented by the director of LA VERDAD, Alberto Aguirre, and Lucas Jiménez, president of Scrats, who will give way to interventions by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, and the president of the Community, Fernando López Miras. The ‘number two’ of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge will expose the proposals and approaches of the Government of the nation in water and agriculture.
Then the interventions of the political representatives will begin to know their proposals on water and agriculture. The first will be the senator from Murcia Miguel Sánchez, spokesman for his party in the Senate; He will be followed by Juan López de Uralde, spokesperson for the Ecological Transition of United We Can and coordinator of Alianza Verde; Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, spokesperson for Vox in Congress; Pedro Rollán, senator and deputy secretary for Regional and Local Coordination of the PP, and Helena Caballero, deputy and spokesperson for the PSOE on Climate Change. The session will be closed by the Minister for Water, Agriculture and the Environment, Antonio Luengo.
The conference will be attended by leaders of the agricultural sector, businessmen and agrarian unions from the three provinces
“Shedding light on the sector”
The president of the Water Transfer Irrigation Union, Lucas Jiménez, pointed out that this forum «aims to shed light on the future of our irrigation, the Water Transfer, our way of life in short. We hope that, freely and without controversy, the main political forces and the Ministry itself will give us their vision on something so important for our regions”.
He explained that the Forum will have “the contribution of scholars in the field of water from different disciplines, legal, hydrological and economic; as well as with the vision of consultants from international markets and technologies applied to water. “Without a doubt, these conferences will be interesting, at a crucial moment for the future of water administration and therefore of Levante’s agriculture.”
Orihuela welcomes consultants and businessmen on Saturday
The Tudemir Palace in Orihuela will host the second part of the conference on Saturday, of a technical and business nature. The presentation and opening will be carried out by the vice president of Scrats, Javier Berenguer; the mayor of Orihuela, Carolina Gracia, and the secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development and director of the Valencian Agency for Agrarian Promotion and Guarantee, Rogelio Llanes. The closing will be in charge of Carlos Mazón, president of the Diputación de Alicante and the PP of the Valencian Community.
The first technical table on the experiences of the sector will be moderated by Pilar Benito, a journalist from LA VERDAD, and will include Ana Hernández Buendía, Belén Castellano and Remedios García. Next, Antonio Bernal and the international agri-food consultant David del Pino will intervene.
The second table on water resources will be moderated by Francisco Cabezas Calvo-Rubio, and the professors Luis Garrote and Antonio Fanlo, and the professor of Economics at the University of Alcalá José Carlos Díez will intervene.
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