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News Almeria's agriculture consumes half as much water as the rest of Spain

Almeria is not only characterized by its semi-arid climate, but also by the efficiency in the use of a scarce and precious commodity such as water. In the latest edition of the World Water Day, some data was given about the exemplary use of this resource by Almeria's greenhouse agriculture.

One of the sources for this information is Coexphal. The water footprint is the total volume of water used to produce the goods and services consumed by an individual, group of people, a province, or a country, and the province of Almeria is at the lead when it comes to saving and the efficient use of water, since it consumes half the water than the average of Spanish agriculture, with a water footprint up to 20 times lower.

As explained in the report "Economic, social and environmental contributions of greenhouse cultivation", carried out by Juan Carlos Pérez Mesa and Lucía Aballay for the Hortiespaña interprofessional, the producers of Almería have understood that water is a very valuable resource, so the region now has "the most technified and efficient irrigated area in the entire national territory," as defined by Roberto García-Torrente, director of Agro-food Innovation at Cajamar.

Almería is the leader not only in savings, but also in fertigation techniques, and not only in an automated way (in 60% of the greenhouse surface), but also with localized, high frequency irrigation, controlled by computer systems and by sensors which help determine the exact amount of water that is needed by crops. Moreover, there is hydroponic development (soilless crops ), as well as rainwater harvesting systems (something actually required by municipal ordinances).

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Geographical coverage Spain
News date 13/05/2019
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