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MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development approved 11 more traditional irrigation rehabilitation projects in Aveiro, Bragança and Porto districts. In all, about 700 hectares will be benefited, with a public investment of 1.5 million euros. 540 farmers from the municipalities of Arouca, Baião, Felgueiras, Lousada, Paredes, Penafiel, Valongo and Vinhais will be covered by these projects.

This investment adds to the global investment in the rehabilitation of traditional irrigation, which already exceeds 33 million euros. The 223 projects approved and already underway cover a total area of over 6000 hectares and over 8400 farms.

“These are projects that represent a government investment in rural development, creating more and better conditions for the settlement of populations and for the growth of family agriculture,” said Minister Luís Capoulas Santos.

The holder of the Agriculture portfolio recalled that these irrigation “are part of a broader project of valorization of territories and agricultural activity, making it more productive and more competitive, namely through the more efficient use of water”.

Highlighting the social aspects of the measure, the Minister stated that “the Government intends to positively discriminate against family farming, according to a strategy of support to the sector that results in the development of the activity and the consequent improvement of income for this segment”.

Capoulas Santos also added the need to adapt to climate change and to contribute to the Government’s goals regarding the decarbonisation strategy, considering it “urgent to promote the efficient use of water resources in times of scarcity, so this investment is fully justified and goes to the meeting the desires of small farmers’.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development approved 11 more traditional irrigation rehabilitation projects in Aveiro, Bragança and Porto districts. In all, about 700 hectares will be benefited, with a public investment of 1.5 million euros. 540 farmers from the municipalities of Arouca, Baião, Felgueiras, Lousada, Paredes, Penafiel, Valongo and Vinhais will be covered by these projects.

This investment adds to the global investment in the rehabilitation of traditional irrigation, which already exceeds 33 million euros. The 223 projects approved and already underway cover a total area of over 6000 hectares and over 8400 farms.

“These are projects that represent a government investment in rural development, creating more and better conditions for the settlement of populations and for the growth of family agriculture,” said Minister Luís Capoulas Santos.

The holder of the Agriculture portfolio recalled that these irrigation “are part of a broader project of valorization of territories and agricultural activity, making it more productive and more competitive, namely through the more efficient use of water”.

Highlighting the social aspects of the measure, the Minister stated that “the Government intends to positively discriminate against family farming, according to a strategy of support to the sector that results in the development of the activity and the consequent improvement of income for this segment”.

Capoulas Santos also added the need to adapt to climate change and to contribute to the Government’s goals regarding the decarbonisation strategy, considering it “urgent to promote the efficient use of water resources in times of scarcity, so this investment is fully justified and goes to the meeting the desires of small farmers’.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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