Following publication of our story last Monday ‘The Unstoppable Plague’, The Valencia Consell has promised an addition 1.2 million euros from European Funds to help fight the pine tree disease, ‘Tomicus destruens’ which is sweeping across the Veja Baja.
Valencia’s Councillor for Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Isabel Bonig announced the allocation that will be added to the 200,000 euros already promised. The funding will allow a further 30 workers to be hired for next year.
She said that the situation has deteriorated in recent weeks and there are now a hundred municipalities affected in the Valencian Community, including, Orihuela, Alicante, Elche, Callosa de Segura and Redován.
Bonig attributed much of the current problem to the extreme drought experienced in the area in recent months leading to a situation that has seen a large increase in the number of pests and diseases, especially in the pine forests.
She also said that the problem was now so severe that the Department may also intervene on private land, regardless of its ownership
The additional funding has been allocated from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
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