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Catastrophic Losses in Alicante’s Moscatel Grape Harvest Due to Wildlife Damage and Drought

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Asaja Alicante has warned about the catastrophic situation of the rainfed Moscatel grape in Alicante, Spain, citing an 85 percent drop in grape production due to severe damages caused by wildlife amid a persistent drought. The agricultural organization, after visiting fields in the area, reported significant production loss of Moscatel and Giró grape varieties, totaling about two million kilos for winemaking in the Vall de Pop – particularly in Xaló and Llíber – and an additional 1.2 million kilos for table grapes in the Marina Alta region, including Benissa.

José Vicente Andreu, president of Asaja Alicante, highlighted the economic value of the Moscatel variety and its demand in top markets, emphasizing the cultural and identity significance of the crop to Alicante and the Mediterranean. The loss represents a critical economic impact on local farmers, who have already suffered from losses in other crops such as cereal and cherries.

To combat the crisis, Asaja Alicante demands decisive action from the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, including direct aid to affected farmers, exceptional aid extensions, discounts on contributions, specific financing lines, and a strategic plan for rainfed cultivation. Additionally, the association plans to create a working group with affected municipalities to explore support or relief irrigation solutions for rainfed lands through reclaimed water.

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