The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Carmen Crespo, together with the Mayor of Adra, Manuel Cortés, visited the works of the Itinere Plan which are being carried out in this town and which aim to modernise and enhance the value of almost one kilometre of the Marchalejo rural road, which is strategic for the agricultural sector as it provides access to more than twenty fruit and vegetable farms.
Therefore, the regional government is meeting “a demand from the farmers of Abderita by covering the 138,000 euros of the cost of the complex and priority work”. According to the technicians, the work requires the stabilisation of the terrain, with a significant slope in one of its sections, as well as the creation of breakwaters, retaining walls and drainage after the widening of the hard shoulder, the replacement of the road surface and the corresponding signposting.
In this sense, the Councillor explained that “this type of action has a direct impact on agricultural profitability and competitiveness, as this is closely linked to the fact of having a rural road network in the best conditions to allow the safe and agile transit of products on their way to international markets”.
In this respect, the Mayor of Abderita, Manuel Cortés, pointed out the “eminently agricultural” nature of the municipality and emphasised that “the Town Hall continues to work to improve agricultural infrastructures”. Actions such as these “are very important”, because “they help Adra’s farmers to continue producing and creating jobs”. For this reason, the councillor thanked the Regional Ministry for continuing to remember Adra and for initiating this action “vital for local agriculture and for the farmers in the area”.
At a regional level, Carmen Crespo has announced that “before the end of 2022, this Plan will add up to a thousand kilometres of rural roads totally renovated in Andalusia of 259 roads that are located in 200 Andalusian municipalities, most of them in the rural world and with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants”. This is why Carmen Crespo has assured that “this investment of 75 million euros will be an important incentive for social and economic development by contributing to the mobility, dynamisation and fixation of the population in rural areas, one of the priorities of this legislature”. What’s more, they promote new possibilities by generating 1,275 green jobs directly linked to the countryside.
In the province of Almeria, the figures for the Itinere Plan reach 127 kilometres of rural roads in more than thirty municipalities, and the Regional Ministry has earmarked 9.5 million euros in funding. This means the creation of 160 green jobs.
Crespo also wanted to highlight the “great commitment to municipalism” that this Plan Itinere represents, which the Andalusian government has taken on one hundred percent of the economic, construction management and execution of all the actions. This has meant “an important relief for the municipalities, often small and medium-sized towns, to be able to take on these important investments”.
Promotion of Agrarian Insurance
Today in Almeria, the Regional Minister for Agriculture wanted to “encourage fruit and vegetable growers to continue using the aids set up by the Regional Ministry to promote the contracting of agricultural insurance”, in order to “exceed the 40% contracting rate we currently have in this province”. Insurance is crucial in a sector as cutting-edge as the Almeria sector, as it allows for the reconstruction of the greenhouse and compensation for the harvest in order to be able to immediately recover the productive potential in the event of having been affected by adverse weather conditions. In this respect, Crespo recalled that “the regional government made an extra effort to increase aid for insurance contracts for the agricultural sector from 7 to 12 million euros”.
The Regional Minister for Water also referred to the infrastructures that the Andalusian government is going to implement in the province of Almeria with the second Drought Decree in the search for new water resources. These urgently involve “not disdaining any water source and establishing a water policy that combines the improvement of aquifers, purification, regenerated water, water transfers and desalination”, Crespo stressed.
In this regard, Crespo announced that “the tertiary treatment plants of the WWTP of El Ejido, Roquetas de Mar and Adra will begin in the last quarter of 2022 to provide the Poniente region of Almeria with 12 new cubic hectometres of reclaimed water for irrigation in the first half of 2023”.