These neighbors of Totana join the thousands of people who move in the capital of Spain against the water deficit and asking for definitive solutions
About 300 people, according to local police sources, gathered today in the Plaza de la Constitución, at the gates of the Totana City Hall, making a five-minute symbolic strike to support the demonstration called in Madrid in favor of concrete measures by part of the Administration to alleviate the lack of water resources in the Murcian countryside as a result of the drought.
In the concentration have met many municipal authorities, public employees, retirees, businessmen, agricultural workers, representatives of different social groups and neighborhoods of the municipality, and neighbors in general, who have attended the request made yesterday on a side of the Mayor's office addressed to those people who could not travel to Madrid for different reasons.
During the event, which have staged several banners and numerous posters in favor of the demands of irrigators and farmers in Totana, a five-minute stoppage has been made and a protest manifesto has been read, in charge of those responsible Municipalities (the second deputy mayor, Gertrudis Ruiz and the councilor Antonia Camacho) and a worker from the community of Irrigators of Totana, representing the community organ).
In addition, throughout the day today a large banner hangs on the balcony of the main facade of the town hall that reads "In the Levant without water, desert and unemployment.Defend the Garden of Europe", which is the motto of this call Crowded by the Circle of Water, which brings together businessmen, irrigators, cooperatives, unions and workers in the provinces of Murcia, Almeria and Alicante.
The Community of Irrigators of Totana held an information meeting last week, together with representatives of the entire social and business fabric of Totana and members of the different political parties, in order to promote measures to support the participation and mobilization of civil society of our municipality.
The first mayor yesterday issued a side, following the celebration of the Board of Speakers that took place as a matter of urgency, to specify the support for the mobilization measures agreed last week by the Community of Irrigators of Totana, including the Celebration of this concentration.
On the side, the unanimous support and the demonstration of institutional solidarity of the City of Totana to the planned mobilizations was made explicit.
The call made by the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct (Scrats) has added eight buses from Totana, who have traveled this past dawn;
and among those who attend the mayor, Andrés García, the first deputy mayor, Juan José Cánovas, and several members of the Totanera Municipal Corporation.
MANIFESTO CONCENTRATION 7 MARCH PLAZA CONSTITUCIÃ“N.
Today March 7 dozens of farmers and irrigators of Totana and thousands of different points of the Region of Murcia are manifested in Madrid for a right that is fair: water;
a basic resource that belongs to everyone.
We this morning, here in Totana, we want to express our solidarity and support to their demands and demands.
We are an important part of the Spanish citizenship, we live in the Levant provinces of Almeria, Alicante and Murcia, who want to make a call to the whole of the country about the situation, today of extreme gravity, living since ancient times, the orchard Levantine and the Murcian countryside.
The one that has been a source of pride for the country inside and outside our borders, which supplies the highest percentages of the best fruits and vegetables to our Spanish homes and those of the rest of Europe, is at risk.
Putting at the doors of a "mate mate" to more than forty-four million trees -with the danger of clear desertification, and a productive model on which 23 percent of the economy of our regions depends.
The promises will not save the garden of Spain if, as in the past, they will not be fulfilled.
The drought of past solutions has given rise to the untenable situation that we live today and that, if the weather does not correct it in a short period of time, leads to the disappearance of the Levantine horticultural sector, a Spanish sign of identity in this field in the world.
But we go further, although the rains will be generous in the coming months, the totaneros and Murcia, we consider that it has to conclude this policy based on downturns whose direct consequence is the delay in time of the arrival of solutions that resolve, a once and for all, the scarcity of resources that in our lands is endemic and cyclical, periodically affecting our lives and activities.
In short, our way of life and our future.
We are suffering from important restrictions on access to a vital element such as water, and we pay for it in our homes, businesses and crops at the highest price in the country.
There are viable and environmentally sustainable solutions, we are not talking about chimeras.
All of them are contemplated in the technical study that, endorsed by the Círculo por el Agua, was presented to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment.
WE WANT AND WE NEED:
- Guarantee the durability of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct as a basic pillar of the future for our populations.
On it pilots the balance of the remaining resources of different origins, giving them feasibility of costs, quality and possibility of regulation.
WE WANT AND WE NEED:
a) Normative modifications aimed at facilitating the processing of assignments of rights.
b) The urgent need to achieve the objective of maximum possible production of the desalination plants existing in our demarcation.
c) To continue with the optimization that allows the total use of the volumes coming from the regeneration of waters.
d) Extend until the process of modernization of irrigation in the whole country, making possible an efficient use of the resource.
e) Execution of hydraulic works necessary to guarantee access to water - irrigation and supply - under conditions of equality for all citizens of the country.
WE WANT AND WE NEED:
- The implementation of a rate for irrigation and homes fair and proportionate to the rest of the users of the Nation.
These demands, which we consider essential to defend the survival of our garden and our field, have the support of farmers and their families, representatives of the municipalities where the crops are located, agricultural organizations and all the members of the rest of the civil society who are aware of the gravity of the situation and add their support to them, since it is in the unity and in the sum of efforts, where we can sustain their proclamation and defense.
WITHOUT WATER, WE WILL LOSE ALL OUR TREES AND PLANTATIONS OF VEGETABLES AND WITH THAT THE ECONOMY OF OUR FAMILIES AND THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN.
WE DEMAND THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER SOLUTIONS TO THIS AGONIC SITUATION.
DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN IS YOUR OBLIGATION.