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The People's Party introduced a motion to support the demands of agriculture and irrigation of the Tajo-Segura (11/12/2009)

The Municipal People's going to make a motion at the next regular full December, the last of 2009, aimed at supporting resolutely the demands of agriculture and irrigation from the Tajo-Segura, support appeals by both the Central Union of Irrigation and by the regional government of Murcia.

Furthermore, the proposal will ask the central government, rather than aggravate the tax burden to farmers and ranchers, including initiatives to encourage this activity as a VAT refund or exemption to the irrigators of the Tajo-Segura payment of the fee for use of resources provided by the pipeline, due to economic difficulties.

Similarly, in the motion will ask the central Executive to provide support tools for farmers with urgent measures to regulate financial problems and price volatility experienced by the sector, as well as EU's agricultural policy that takes precedence absolute European products from the entry of productions in third countries.

With it, is to urge the National Government to recover a state policy on water to avoid the confrontation between regions and recognizes the need for water transfers to definitively resolve the structural deficit of water that have Segura Basin.

For the Municipal Group PP, the agricultural sector like other sectors are being affected by the severe economic crisis affecting the country, also through a series of additional difficulties arising from the political unwillingness of the Government of Rodriguez Zapatero solve problems and meet the demands of the sector.

According to the PP, agriculture in Murcia is a sign of identity for our region and a priority for their economic, social, labor and production, as it employs 14 percent of the population of the region and represents 10 percent of regional GDP.

The fruit and vegetables from Murcia, in particular, accounts for 20 per cent of horticultural exports in Spain, and consumes only 3.4 percent of irrigation water across the country.

The group claims that the increase in electricity rates that the central executive approved last summer, now joins the recent increase in shipping rates, approved by the Council of Ministers last Friday, November 20, which further complicate the plight of the area, as will a rise in the water of the Tajo-Segura from 68 percent for urban and 74 percent for irrigation.

Farmers and not only see how the prices they receive for their products are below production costs, but also will pay the most expensive water, something that will make agriculture less competitive Murcia.

The repeal of the Ebro transfer and failure of Water program has only succeeded in becoming the Murcia region of Spain to pay the most expensive resource, surpassing for the first time in the statistical series to island communities.

Region A was discriminated against by the price of water, which is a minor grievance with respect to other communities.

Source: PP Totana

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