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The Government of Spain meets with Librilla irrigators to take up the modernization of irrigation (13/12/2010)

The general director of Water, Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Marta Moreno, and the president of the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS), Charo Quesada, met today with the board of the Community Irrigation Water the Tajo-Segura Librilla, and Director General of Irrigation and Rural Development of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, Julio Bernal, to take up the modernization of irrigation of the irrigation community.

The central government has re-launched this project, which covers 3,515 hectares basically modernize the cultivation of citrus fruits, for once the problems generated by the adoption of General Plan Municipal Librilla Management, which provided for the reclassification as urban land these agricultural lands making it impossible for the realization of this project.

Thus, the three parties should consider how to undertake this action to present conditions, once it has joined the Autonomous Community of Murcia.

The irrigation infrastructure improvements benefit to 1,805 villagers, and provide for the automation of the entire irrigation system with the construction of a pipeline network to the head of the plots and fire hydrants to replace the existing network of existing canals in this Irrigation Community.

The aim of the work will reduce water losses that occur with the current outdated facilities and irrigation system blanket, with the transformation to drip irrigation.

The works will enable a considerable saving of water by increasing the efficiency of conveyance systems, distribution and application of irrigation, as well as improvements in the yields of agricultural crops and working conditions of farmers.

The event was attended by the director general of Aguas Mediterranean Basin (Acuamed), Carlos Massa, and the president of the Sociedad Estatal de Infraestructuras Agrarias South East, SA (SEIASA), Manuel Ariza.

Source: CHS

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