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The council moved the issue of tomato to the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Environment FMRM (15/03/2012)

On Tuesday, day 13 was held at the headquarters of the Federation of Municipalities of the Region of Murcia (FMRM), the act of incorporation of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Environment in which the City Council was represented by Mazarrón Councilman Environment, David Fernandez Sanchez.

The commission was chaired by the Mayor of Cieza, Antonio Tamayo Gonzalez, who expressed his full readiness to this committee to be productive to the interests of farmers Murcia.

David Fernandez discussed the growing concern among farmers Mazarron at the recent trade agreement approved by the European Parliament to increase appreciably the export quota of Moroccan fruit and vegetables, especially tomatoes, and a serious threat Murcia holdings.

The mayor raised the need Mazarron and the requirement that the Spanish authorities do a thorough control of imported products for which demand the same quality control and plant protection are claimed to farmers Murcia.

Similarly Fernandez discussed the need to apply to either the regional government or the central government plans to help farmers facing Murcia offset the effect of unfair competition that is suffered by the introduction of products from third countries not require the same controls or plant nor the fulfillment of minimum working conditions.

On the other hand Fernandez proposed to develop a drought plan to address the probable drought will affect the region of Murcia in the coming months and, thus, try to reach out to citizens the need to adjust consumption Faced with a shortage of resources as proposed.

Were also raised in the commission issues as the problem of red palm weevil, the pest of processionary, plagues of jellyfish in the Ribera del Mar Menor, the invasion the public domain of the rivers, the need for aid for the adjustment and settlement of rural roads and the request for assistance for the development of Energy Action Plans Sustainability (PAES).

The commission was closed and invite attendees to an upcoming meeting in June in which requests the presence of the Minister of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá.

The agenda of this meeting would address the problem of the agreement with Morocco, plans, marketing assistance and price of water to farmers, and the problem of drought.

David Fernandez had contacts with the Eagles councilor, Francisco Navarro, on the exchange of experiences in the field of search for alternative crops to tomato on the coast of Murcia, and councilors Archena and Moratalla, Pascual Perez and Francisco Soria, face to establish principles of agreement to create a brand identity for products of the Region of Murcia.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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