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The City Council requests collaboration from the regional government and the Junta de Andalucía to give a definitive boost to the approval of the Negratín transfer (23/10/2020)

| The Agriculture Councilors of the Region of Murcia and Andalusia hold a work meeting in Puerto Lumbreras | The mayor of Puerto Lumbreras; María Ángeles Túnez, has requested collaboration today from the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and the Junta de Andalucía to give a definitive boost and join forces and criteria so that the local primary sector can enjoy the concession of water from the Negratín Reservoir transfer that corresponds to the municipality.

This is a historical demand of the Puerto Lumbreras Irrigation Community, which is currently granted 1 cubic hectometer per year of Negratín, dependent on the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation.

Tunisia has transferred this request to the councilors of Agriculture of Murcia and Andalusia; Antonio Luengo and Carmen Crespo, at the work meeting held this morning at the Casa de los Duendes socio-cultural center in Lumbrere. "We demand maximum speed from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Government of Spain, since we have been claiming this transfer of water from Negratín for almost 20 years, and even the Supreme Court agreed with our irrigators.

It is a fundamental measure for our agriculture and livestock; key sectors in the economy and employment of Puerto Lumbreras, which represent around 70 percent of our Gross Domestic Product.

Given the pressing water needs, and not being able to count on contributions from the Tajo-Segura transfer that crosses the municipality It is vitally important to give the definitive boost to the allocation assigned from Negratín to meet the demands of the 720 hectares of irrigated land that we have.

" Currently the basin managed by the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation and the Negratín reservoir present a significant surplus of water volumes, which is making it necessary to drain the same to avoid overflowing, "while the Irrigation Community of Puerto Lumbreras hardly counts with reserves in its swamps, and the rest of the resources are overexploited drought wells.

From the Government team we continue to support our irrigators and our primary sector in this fair demand, and we hope that the transfer will finally be a reality ", the mayor has explained; María Ángeles Tunisia.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Puerto Lumbreras

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