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The Community will have paid in the first week of December 95 percent of the direct aid of the CAP of the 2017 campaign (14/11/2017)

The Minister of Agriculture stresses the importance of organic production "that helps achieve greater sustainability of the environment, while helping to set the population"

The Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Francisco Jódar, advanced today that in "the first week of December the beneficiaries of the direct aid of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the 2017 campaign will have received 95 percent of payment total, which shows the important effort that is being developed from the Ministry for farmers and livestock have liquidity.

"In the current fiscal year, more than 25 million euros will have been paid to farmers and ranchers who are beneficiaries of the CAP," said the councilor, who recalled that the first advance of the campaign has already been made and finished paying this week, so a total of 7,526 farmers and ranchers in the Region of Murcia already have 19,817,467 euros, "for the maintenance of their farms and to cope with the effects of the drought."

Ecological agriculture

The owner of Agriculture, along with the director of Agrarian Funds and Rural Development, Carmen Sandoval, visited an area of ​​organic farming in the field of Cartagena, specifically in Fuente Álamo, and stressed that "the Region has a great tradition in organic farming and was a pioneer in the production of fruits, vegetables, rice, grapes, almonds or cereals, which began in the seventies ".

At present, pointed Jódar, "the region has more than 80,000 hectares certified as organic, which represents almost 27 percent of the total area under cultivation."

In addition, it is the region of the European Union that more cultivated area dedicated to organic production.

"These data show the commitment of the regional government and our producers and exporters for this type of production, which helps to achieve greater environmental sustainability, while helping to set the population in disadvantaged areas."

In the region of the field of Cartagena in the last five years have increased the crops of organic production in more than 30 percent, and currently reach the 3,182 ecological hectares.

The horticulturals, with more than 40 varieties (melon, pepper, broccoli or lettuce, among others) are the crops that represent a greater percentage of ecological, followed by citrus fruits and nuts (almonds).

Specifically, the field of Cartagena has 100 hectares of organic farming dedicated to the production of melon and 300 of peppers (230 hectares in greenhouses).

Dry land crops

Jódar visited today a traditional farm of dry land crops in Fuente Álamo, about 5 kilometers from the hamlet of Los Almagros, which has 70 hectares of almond trees of about 40-50 years, which were replanted in a third due to the drought of 2014 and later.

In addition, it has 25 ha of carob trees, about 60 years old;

five hectares of centenary olive grove, and 10 hectares of forest land.

Since 2001, the farm has been used for organic farming in the cultivation of almond, carob and olive trees.

Some 25 hectares are covered by the line of soil and water protection aids (fight against erosion).

Also, in a part of the farm, about 10 hectares, protection measures are applied that contribute to the maintenance of the habitats and species of the Natura 2000 Network, since the farm is located in the Carrascoy-El Valle Regional Park and in more than 50 percent of the Natura 2000 Network.

Source: CARM

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