It also provides for the disappearance of more than 5,400 direct jobs; the transfer cut will be even greater on the horizon of the year 2039
The Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) warned in its basin plan that cutting the Transfer will mean the loss of 12,228 hectares, 12.2% of the current irrigation surface of the aqueduct. It will lead to a loss of the patrimonial value of production of 137 million euros per year, and the disappearance of 5,428 direct jobs. He warned of other “induced effects” on family income and, consequently, “on the capacity to consume goods and services in the demarcation”, noting that agricultural activity affects other sectors.
Regarding the loss of water, the Segura Plan, which was also approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers, highlights that, according to the forecasts of the Tagus Plan, there will be a decrease of 105 hectometres per year on the horizon of the year 2027, from 78 of which correspond to irrigation and 27 to supplies. Remember that the irrigation of the Transfer is declared of “general interest of the State”. Specifically, it specifies that in this new planning cycle an average of 190 hectometres per year (119 for irrigation and 71 for supplies) will be transferred to the Segura basin, compared to 295 hectometres in the previous period.
If the horizon of the year 2039 is taken into account, an even greater reduction in transfer is expected. Only 137 hectometres would be derived for all uses: 82 for irrigation, 55 for the population.
The CHS doubts that the reduction in Transfer can be replaced with desalination, and warns of the high cost of desalinated water.
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