Drought warning: Puglia is the region of Italy where it rains less

Drought warning: Puglia is the region of Italy where it rains less
Drought warning: Puglia is the region of Italy where it rains less

«Puglia is the region of Italy where it rains less. It is a sad record ». This is what Coldiretti Puglia affirms on the basis of the Ispra report and the national system for environmental protection. These days – adds the association – the declaration of a state of emergency for drought is being prepared with the establishment of a coordination between Civil Protection and various ministries. According to the data provided by Ispra, in Puglia an average of 641.5 mm rains per year with “serious impacts on agriculture caused by the drought that destroys crops and favors fires and represents the most significant calamity for the fields.” In the artificial reservoirs due to the absence of rain, “71 million cubic meters of water are missing compared to the capacity”, according to data from the National Anbi Observatory. “What is worrying – reports Coldiretti Puglia – is the reduction in production yields of crops in the field such as wheat and other cereals, but also that of fodder for feeding animals and vegetables and fruit that need water to grow “. “To be affected is the whole agricultural sector in 2022 which became red-hot – continues the note – with the fruit and vegetables in the field burnt by the sun and the frequent fires in Salento and in the Foggia area”. “A situation – it is specified – that causes the damage caused in 2022 to Apulian agriculture to rise well beyond 100 million euros due to the heat and drought, especially for the quantity and quality of the crops”. «To save water, increase irrigation capacity and increase the availability of food for families, we have developed and proposed in time a concrete project that can be immediately set up in the Recovery plan, a structural intervention made necessary by climate change. The project – concludes Coldiretti – involves the construction of a network of small reservoirs with a low landscape impact and spread throughout the territory, favoring the completion and recovery of existing structures “


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