The Plataforma ciudadana Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca has denounced the abandonment of some 3 million lettuces in a total area of 35 hectares of crops in El Llano and La Umbría del Factor, located in the municipality of Yecla, and that for their cultivation have needed the contribution of about 120 million liters of water.
According to the platform, this quantity is equivalent to "leaving a tap open uninterruptedly for 38 consecutive years", says Alejandro Ortuño, one of the spokespersons of Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca.
The situation is not new. Already last year the platform denounced a similar situation in which more than a score of hectares of broccoli, lettuce or zucchini were left uncollected. The fall in prices on the national and European markets means that it is not profitable at any given time to harvest the crop.
Compared to last year, there are currently one hundred hectares more under intensive cultivation in Yecla, reaching, according to the platform's calculations, a total of around 1,600 hectares.
In January 2019, on the same farms, the platform denounced the dumping of plastics that were also being crushed and buried under the ground.
Finally, they underline that the problem "is not about resources but about politics", and that the Public Administration must be the one who "takes action in the matter and starts working from now" to stop the intensive exploitation of the aquifers, some of them declared overexploited by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura.