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The Plenary discussed a joint motion requesting measures to the central and regional administrations on the field situation in Totana (27/01/2016)

The Full Council of Totana debate next Thursday at the regular meeting for the month of January, a joint motion of all four municipal groups in which a series of measures at the central and regional administrations which alleviates the plight of the requested totanero field as a result of damage caused by weather effects.

Thus, he explained that, given the serious situation described, the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance enable a line of soft loans, through the ICO, with 0% interest, payable in 5 years and 2 deficiency.

Furthermore, the joint motion requesting the central government's exemption from the social security contributions over the next twelve months.

Similarly, another of the agreements is to ask the Ministry of Agriculture and Water of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia that the necessary technical reports be made to refer them to the relevant ministry in order that a reduction or rebate applies in tax modules for damage and crops in the campaign this year.

As described in the proposal, the warm temperatures of the last quarter and the development of markets for the major vegetables (broccoli, lettuce and artichokes) and fruit (grapes), has put the agricultural sector Valley Guadalentín, and especially Totana and other neighboring towns, the brink of economic collapse.

The joint proposal strikes a similar situation in which agricultural products fail to be collected or the few that are collected are sold at ruinous prices and into frozen or the alcohol (in the case of grapes) can not remember if not for animal feed.

In addition, the mechanisms of withdrawal and crisis management foreseen by European regulations have proved wholly inadequate in the amount of both compensation and volumes expected.

As stated in the motion, the situation is particularly dramatic in Totana, because the disastrous evolution of vegetables, has joined table grapes so important to the economy of several hundred farms and farmers in Totana which has It has been poor in varieties whose harvest is in the third quarter.

This has been the culmination of the variety "Dominga" which has run well in the vines and has cut largely to the alcohol, or has been sold at ruinous prices, some buyers who sometimes have only removed part of the grape and it is not known who will pay for it.

In short, an economic state of emergency for hundreds of farmers in Totana which has placed a limit on many state and that will have a direct and indirect consequences for the local economy and employment levels in the coming months, in which he also will accumulate to severe water shortages.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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