Rainfall boosts reservoir levels but fails to relieve drought threat for farmers

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  • The heavy rainfall earlier this week has been welcomed by those in agriculture

The storms at the beginning of this week did not bring as much rain as the Spanish met office Aemet had forecast. Nevertheless the rain that did fall, especially in the Guadalhorce valley and Antequera areas, has been welcomed by local farmers, although they point out that the threat of a drought situation for crops and livestock remains.

The same heavy rain that caused flooding in Antequera and Humilladero, among other towns, did reach the Guadalteba and Conde de Guadalhorce reservoirs but failed to increase their levels by more than one cubic hectometre.

Nevertheless any rain in August is an unexpected bonus and last week’s storms have been valued as “very positive” by the main farming associations.

The threat of a serious drought is still hanging over farmers, who welcome the autumn and winter with hopes for more precipitation.

The secretary general of the Small Farmers’ Union (UPA), Francisco Mocoso, said this week that the olive crop has benefitted especially from last week’s rain. He called for local town halls to clear up damage caused to country lanes in areas north of Antequera.