Back to basics

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Back to basics
CAROB TREES: Withstand high temperatures and need little water Photo credit: Nevit Dilmen

CLIMATE change means that some Vega Baja growers could turn to crops that tolerate high temperatures and need little irrigation.

Carob pods, figs and pomegranates are traditional to the area, as is citrus fruit, but all have been eclipsed by artichokes and other green vegetables needing large amounts of water.

These trees do need additional water but in most cases it can be supplied where and when needed by drip irrigation systems controlled by sensors, explained Julian Bartual, director of the Generalitat’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Elche.

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The centre is currently working on the necessary technology and training for a shift to alternative crops.

“Paradoxically, this inevitably involves irrigation if the aim is to make a profit,” Bartual said.

“But rational consumption, with irrigation used as backup, would cut the the amount of water needed by two-thirds,” he added.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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