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Cerdá Cieza visit the works that complete the installation of drip irrigation in the irrigated areas of Ascoy, Benis and Carrasquilla (02/11/2010)

The Minister of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, Cieza Mayor Antonio Tamayo, and the president of the Community Irrigation Ascoy-Benis-Carrion, Jose Navarro Zapata, today visited the works under the latest phase of work improvement and modernization of local irrigation in this part of Cieza.

Cerda said these actions complement the introduction of drip irrigation system "in the entire irrigable area" of the Community of Irrigators which comprises about 4,000 hectares.

The Community has made in recent years in improving the irrigation system to 671 farmers and irrigators in the area of irrigated crops which are mainly for the production of peaches, grapes and plums.

Antonio Cerdá stressed the "permanent will" of Murcia irrigators whose water management, said, "can not be optimal."

He highlighted the economic effort has been made to promote the upgrading of irrigation infrastructure and "further the objectives of improving irrigation and use of water resources in the Region of Murcia."

The works, which have been implemented in three distinct phases, involves an investment of 9.2 billion euros, of which 3.9 have been funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water through European funds.

The investment plan has included among other activities, construction of pumping and processing plants, irrigation ponds and new water pipelines necessary for distribution among fields of irrigation and to supply their crops.

Cerda said that the Region of Murcia is leading the modernization of irrigation in Spain with an efficient structure, "which he said," allows us to schedule and manage irrigation with GPRS systems to control the volume of water consumed by each irrigator. "

The Minister of Agriculture and Water noted that "agriculture in Murcia that less water is consumed in Spain", with only 3.4 percent of irrigation water throughout the country, and yet, he said, "is the more exports, with 20 percent of fruits and vegetables sold outside Spain. "

85 percent of the irrigable area is modernized regional, compared to 40 percent of the national average.

Source: CARM

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