The ministries of Ecological Transition and Energy and Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Sovereignty of the Government of the Canary Islands have established synergies to improve the resilience of the Canarian agricultural sector in the face of climate change, they indicated in a press release.
In this framework of collaboration, he added, the two areas agreed to carry out a pilot project for the sanitation of grape varieties grown in the Archipelago, aiming to fight conditions (pests, diseases, etc. ) of this from the effects of change. climate, in addition to other projects being studied.
The Minister of Ecological Transition and Energy, Mariano H. Zapata, indicated that “we are very concerned about the consequences that climate change can have on the agriculture of the islands”, because “the low rainfall, the high temperature, “The new Pests and the increase in the number and severity of forest fires must protect this sector in a special way.”
“From Ecological Transition and Energy we collaborate with other ministries so that the fight against climate change reaches all areas of the Government,” said Zapata, because, as he explained, “we are one of the most transversal departments that work in such a way that all sectors have the tools that allow them to adapt and fight climate change in which we live immersed.
In this sense, Quintero recalled the important role played by the cultivation of grapes in the fight against erosion and fire and explained that “while the necessary procedures are being carried out for the preparation and signing of a collaboration agreement between two ministries, To serve as a framework for these actions aimed at improving the health status of the vine, agreed to start, in collaboration with the wine sector, a series of preliminary works, aimed at in georeferencing mother plants and collecting and preserving plant material ” .
Therefore, with the aim of laying the foundations for collaboration between different departments and entities for this purpose, the brief points out, the first technical meetings have already begun to develop this pilot project, which works with grape varieties chosen by consensus. the islands with wine production, and considering parameters of quality and income. In this sense, the Regulatory Councils of the various Protected Designations of Origin are invited to send their proposals.
The two ministries, he concluded, thus confirmed their interest in developing projects to adapt agricultural activity to climate change, promoting R&D&I in the islands and the transfer of knowledge for the primary sector.