The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, has inaugurated the new irrigation infrastructures for the Andévalo Fronterizo Irrigation Community in Puebla de Guzmán.
The new infrastructures irrigate 6,600 hectares of the southeastern sector of the Andévalo Border Irrigation Community. In total, 44 partners benefit from the works, mainly dedicated to the production of citrus, stone fruit and olive groves, although red fruit and other crops are also included. These agricultural estates are located in the municipalities of El Almendro, Alosno, Paymogo, Puebla de Guzmán, Tharsis and Villanueva de los Castillejos.
Based on this project, which has been carried out over 14 months, about 50 kilometers of pipes, two regulation ponds, collectors, a spillway, a pumping station have been built in the southeast sector of the irrigation community. and a remote control station. The budget for these works has amounted to 21 million euros, an amount that has been supported by the Junta de Andalucía through the granting of aid worth 8.8 million euros.
In total, it is estimated that this first phase of transformation of the Andévalo Fronterizo Irrigation Community entails an investment of 80 million euros, including the new infrastructures inaugurated in the southeast sector and the actions planned in the northern sector to start irrigation on 815 hectares. This estimated global amount includes both the funds earmarked for primary and secondary distribution networks in the community, as well as the economic contribution that farmers plan to make in the coming years to install irrigation on their farms. The Andévalo Fronterizo partners are also considering the possibility of having a renewable energy plant in the future and continuing to advance in the digitization of water processes.
As explained by the counselor, it is “a wonderful joint project for this region and very important for the present and future of Huelva.” Crespo has emphasized that “water is a necessary good to transform society” and this Huelva initiative supposes “generation of employment and possibilities for this land” by helping “many young people from Andévalo have work and future possibilities here.”
Carmen Crespo has opted to “take advantage of these projects and support them economically and socially”, stressing that “the Junta de Andalucía will always be by the side of Huelva, today and every day of our Government, to support large projects like this one that let the province continue to grow ”.
In addition to Carmen Crespo, the mayor of La Puebla de Guzmán, Antonio Beltrán; the president of the Irrigation Community, Juan Antonio Millán; and the president of the Huelva Provincial Council, Mª Eugenia Limón; as well as the first councilors of Alosno, Juan Capela; de Tharsis, Lorenzo Gómez; from El Cerro de Andévalo, Pedro José Romero; from Paymogo, María Dolores Fernández; from Villanueva de los Castillejos, Dolores Ruiz; and from El Almendro, Mª Alonso Mora. On the part of the autonomous administration, the Secretary General of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, Vicente Pérez; the Secretary General for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Sergio Arjona; the general director of Agricultural and Livestock Production, Manuel Gómez; the delegate of the Government of the Board in Huelva, Bella Verano; the territorial delegate for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Álvaro Burgos; and the territorial delegate for Sustainable Development, José Enrique Borrallo.
Regarding the initiative of the farmers of Andévalo Fronterizo, the counselor has valued that this project is an example of collaboration between administrations and of “the action of men and women of this community of irrigators, who have worked with great effort and tenacity for many years”. Crespo has applauded the “incredible prospects for the future” of these Huelva producers “to transform the region” through a “pioneering project in Spain” that is committed to energy efficiency and the use of water resources, as it makes it possible to take advantage of water “drop by drop”.
PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL
The president of the Huelva Provincial Council, M.ª Eugenia Limón, has participated in the inauguration of the irrigation infrastructures in the Southeast Sector of the Andévalo Border Irrigation Community.
Limón has celebrated the beginning of these works that will result in 6,600 hectares of irrigation “a project that will be accompanied by employment, innovation and development for one of the essential productive sectors for our land and will help to establish the population and wealth of the territory” .
The president of the provincial body has pointed out that Andévalo is one of the areas that receives special attention from the Provincial Council regarding the demographic challenge, emphasizing that all the work focused on combating depopulation is nourished by different factors such as the promotion of a new sustainable economy, the fixation of the population and wealth to the territory, accessibility to basic services such as housing, employment or health services from the municipality itself “and as in the case of these actions, with access to water both for the supply as well as for agricultural exploitation purposes ”.
Likewise, it has reiterated its loyalty to the work of each of the institutions, “convinced that our policies must be oriented exclusively to citizen needs in order to respond through collaboration between administrations.”
Limón has highlighted its commitment “to continue vigilant and working in permanent contact with the government, so that infrastructures such as the San Silvestre Tunnel are a reality and so that the Alcolea dam continues to be on the political agenda of all governments.”
The president of the Diputación has encouraged to continue defending the interests of this region and the entire province “united, institutions and private initiative, for the advancement and future of its citizens.”
For his part, the mayor of Puebla de Guzmán, Antonio Beltán, has emphasized the key importance of this project “which is not only the transformation of rainfed land into irrigated land, but it is also a future project for the inhabitants of the territory, which will make it possible to fix the population and increase expectations for the future in the Andévalo.