| The mayor, Teresa García, and the president of the DO, José Martínez, receive Antonio Luengo, Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, during the planting of rice in Calasparra | The Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, accompanied by the Mayor of Calasparra, Teresa García, and the president of the DO, José Martínez, among others, visited this morning several places in the DO rice preserve Calasparra to take an interest in the cultivation of the prestigious world-famous cereal, and learn first-hand about the problems facing the crop and farmers.Luengo explained that "for the second consecutive year, and after the good experience of 2019, the Community contributes to the Denomination 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 will be placed in the 500 hectares of cultivation once the planting ends.
"The counselor added that "we have not forgotten the last visit in which we promised to find 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 product unique as the 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 has said that "it is necessary that all the measures adopted are aimed at increasing the economic benefit that the farmer can obtain from their crops, in order to encourage their work and their roots in the land, preventing them from having to find a way out in other sectors, and causing irreparable economic and environmental damage to municipalities such as Calasparra.
"For his part, the president of the DO Calasparra, José Martínez, thanked the willingness and support that "the Ministry has shown from the beginning", which he has asked to continue along the lines of searching for projects aimed at increasing yield and tackle pests that affect the quality and quantity of the cereal.
Also to its diffusion through other alternatives to the fairs, now subject to the health crisis of the covid-19.
From the DO, among other issues, it has also been requested to be able to open a communication route across the El Puerto bridge, to facilitate work for farmers in Salmerón and Las Minas.The mayor of Calasparra, Teresa García, who has also thanked the counselor for his presence, has asked him to stop the support and to continue materializing other measures in favor of farmers and rice.Antonio López Sáez "El Porche" and José Ramón Tarrafeta, both farmers from Calasparra, have carried out a demonstration of planting rice by broadcast for those attending the visit.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Calasparra