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580 Yecla farmers will benefit from a new reservoir that will store reclaimed water from the treatment plant for use in irrigation (23/10/2012)

The Minister of Agriculture presided over the laying of the foundation stone of this infrastructure, along with the mayor of Yecla and the presidents of both irrigation communities

The Minister of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, accompanied by the mayor of Yecla, Mark Ortuño, and the presidents of the irrigation communities of the municipality of Santiago Pozo and the Mollidar-Portichuelo Hoya, and Francisco Bernal Vicente Gandía respectively, put today the foundation stone for the construction of a dam that will facilitate the use for irrigation of reclaimed water from the treatment plant.

Running Yecla reservoir 580 farmers will benefit both irrigation communities that will benefit from the new volumes of water treated at the treatment plant, storing and making them available to crops during periods of irrigation.

The reservoir will have a capacity of over 400,000 cubic meters of water, and will include the necessary pipes for filling and distribution of water to the irrigation communities beneficiaries.

The works will involve an investment of 2.6 million euros, financed by 75 percent by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The irrigation communities have benefited with a higher joint irrigable area to 4,000 hectares, mainly for the cultivation of vines, and to a lesser extent, stone and pome fruit trees and olive groves.

Murcia region is a pioneer in the modernization of irrigation, with 85 percent of the modernized regional irrigable area, representing over 150,000 hectares that is implemented drip irrigation.

The General Plan drainage and water treatment has allowed making available to agriculture in Murcia over 100 hectometres additional water, which he said the counselor, "are scrubbed with tertiary treatment and zero cost for irrigators."

Source: CARM

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