GAMBÍN expresses its disapproval of the reduction in the flow of the Tajo-Segura Water Transfer
The defense of the local economy, a fair distribution of resources and the sustainability of the whole ecosystem are among the values on which all the activities carried out by GAMBÍN are based. For this reason, a representation of the staff, including operators, technicians and field managers, attended the demonstration held on Thursday22 April in front of the Sub-delegation of the Government of Alicante. The purpose: to show the opposition to the measures that the Central Government in Madrid wants to enforce against the Tajo-Segura Water Transfer.
A decision which, according to initial estimates, will put 140,000 hectares of agricultural land in southeast Spain at risk. Among them, a large part is dedicated to the production of oranges, lemons and tangerines, making it one of the world's leading regions in terms of citrus fruits.
Hundreds of farmers attended the demonstration in order to make their case to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in opposition to:
- The reduction of the volume of the Level 2 transfer from the current 38 hm3 / month to 27 hm3 / month, as well as raising the threshold of the cumulative available volume that defines the limit between levels 1 and 2 from 1,200 to 1,400hm3.
- Reduction in the volume of water transferred between 78 and 80 hm3 /year, due to the increase in the ecological flows of the Tajo.
All this implies an annual reduction of 40% in the supply of water from the Tajo-Segura transfer to the Segura basin, there by increasing the price of water. This could have serious consequences for the final price of citrus fruits and therefore for their competitiveness in the markets against varieties from other areas and countries, whose quality may differ greatly from those produced in the Vega Baja del Segura in general and by GAMBÍN in particular.
From the beginning, GAMBÍN has been committed to the responsible and sustainable management of water resources, while at the same time ensuring that water is accessible to anyone.