Drought crisis threatens avocado and mango farms in Axarquía

December 07 | Euro Weekly News|

Severe drought conditions are devastating avocado and mango farms in Spain's Axarquía region, with production dropping by 80%. This unprecedented situation is causing significant losses for farmers, impacting their livelihoods. Mango production has fallen from 300,000 to 70,000 kilos, while avocados, about to enter their season, are scarce, undersized, and suffering from water scarcity. The water crisis is a major concern, leading to pessimism and despair in the community. Water scarcity has short-term implications like restrictions and long-term effects on the economy and employment. Axarquía, a vital agricultural region, produces 90% of the national mango production and 70% of avocados, primarily exported to Europe. The Andalucian government, facing reservoirs at 19% capacity, is seeking water from Portugal's Alqueva dam.

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