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                                    Algarve farmers ‘worried next year cou




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      The Portugal News             the early onset of meteorological drought experienced in recent
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                                          ast month, while mainland Portugal  over the last two to three years; there are
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      CONT                                remained in a state meteorological  huge new plantations, especially of citrus
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                                    Lcases of severe and extreme           “There are orchards that currently use much
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      Rua Município de S. Domingo   rain levels.                           because the trees are growing and will need
      Urb.Lagoa Sol • Lote 3 r/c    The eastern Algarve, between Faro and Vila  more watering in time”, he explained.
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                                    Real de Santo António, is already starting to  The association’s other major concern is,
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      Classified  +351 282 380 315  feel the consequences of a rainless winter.  according to its Mr. Nascimento, the
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                                    Plan, which covers the municipalities of  their farms but cannot”.
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                                    Castro Marim, Vila Real de Santo António,  When the dams of Beliche and Odeleite
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                                    Tavira and Olhão, this year’s water reserves  were created, Pedro Nascimento recalls, a
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                                    should sustain crops without needing   third possible option was suggested, which
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      Printers:  Unipress, Porto    dry winter.                            However, he says, “this fell into oblivion, but
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      Print-run:                    Speaking to Lusa News Agency, Pedro    in fact, here in the eastern area, the Foupana
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      19,253 copies this edition    Nascimento recalled that last May it “rained  dam was essential and indispensable”.
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      Distributors:                 VASP  more than the whole year” of 2018, and the  On the western side of the Algarve the
                                    Algarve’s eastern dams (Odeleite and   situation is similar, though water reserves in
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      Publisher:                    The dams currently have “reasonable levels”,  farmers.
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      publisher@theportugalnews.com  at about half full, which are sufficient to  “Fortunately, we have water reserves that can
                                    ensure the irrigation year.            guarantee a normal year of watering.
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                                                                                                                  Algarve crop growers are warning that water restrictt
                                                                                                                  Algarve crop growers are warning that water restric
                                                                                                                  Algarve crop growers are warning that water restrictt
                                                                                                                  Algarve crop growers are warning that water restric
      newsdesk@theportugalnews.com  “But we are very worried, because if this year  “The irrigation campaign for this year is not in
                                    it does not rain enough during what is left of  danger, because the Funcho dam provides
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                                    spring, and the dam does not rise to higher  backup if water is lacking in the Arade dam”  “about one million cubic meters of water
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      SALES MANAGER                 levels, next year we will have serious  explained João Garcia, president of the  was supplied to farmers, which is not
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      Sónia Seixas                  difficulties if it is a dry year”, he warned.  Association of Irrigation and Beneficiaries of  expected at this time of year”.
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                                    On top of worrying about needing to limit  Silves, Lagoa and Portimão.        According to João Garcia, the lack of rain
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      ACCOUNTS MANAGER              irrigation water in the event of a dry year,  However, he noted, the low rainfall  coupled with high temperatures in the
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      Gaby Rodrigues                Pedro Nascimento pointed out other reasons  registered in recent months “has created  Algarve “has altered the cycle of plants and
      accounts@theportugalnews.com  that exacerbate the association’s concerns,  difficulties for water management”, leading  the normal production cycle, which will
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                                    new producers, and the existence of a  beneficiaries in the western Algarve area  in production costs to be footed by the end
      Publicação registada na Entidade  number of owners who want to adhere to the  earlier on in the year.       consumer”.
      Reguladora para a Comunicação  plan, but have properties outside the  “Contrary to normal, this year we had to start  “If farmers start watering crops earlier with
      Social com o número 127217    watering plan’s perimeter.             supplying water at the end of February,  the use of pumps, it is natural for the cost of
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      www.theportugalnews.com/      “The irrigation plan is being increasingly  when in a normal year it only starts at the  production to increase and reflect on the
      editorialguidelines           used, agriculture has in fact been developing  end of May” he said, adding that last month  consumer”, he concluded.
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