| The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment carries out, for the second consecutive year, the installation of pheromones to avoid damage caused by the rice borer | Councilor Antonio Luengo visits rice plantations in the municipality and highlights that "this campaign could reach three million kilos of production" The Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, visited the rice plantations located in the municipality of Calasparra today and stressed that "the production of paddy rice could be around three million kilos in the Denomination of Protected Origin Calasparra Rice ". A few days ago, the sowing of more than 500 hectares for the production of pump rice began, which is about 20 percent more than last year.
"We are sure that, once again, the Calasparra rice will exceed expectations thanks to its international benchmark quality and the painstaking work of farmers who work from May to October in their rice fields to obtain such precious cereal," said the adviser. Luengo explained that "for the second consecutive year, and after the good experience of 2019, the Community contributes with the designation of origin with the installation of sexually confusing pheromones for the rice borer, a treatment that involves an investment by the Community of 14,000 euros and that it will be placed in the 500 hectares of cultivation once the planting is finished ". The counselor added that "we have not forgotten the last visit in which we committed ourselves to seek solutions for the viability of historical and quality crops and that is why, from the regional government, we are looking for the formula to improve the profitability of a unique product like rice bomb through the existing lines in the CAP or the creation of a new one in the future CAP that protects products with Designation of Origin of the Region of Murcia ". In relation to the new national Food Chain Law, Luengo demanded that "it is necessary that all the measures adopted are aimed at increasing the economic benefit that the farmer can obtain from his crops, in order to encourage his work and his I root the land avoiding that they have to look for a way out in other sectors, and causing irreparable economic and environmental damage to municipalities like Calasparra ".