The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergencies, and Ecological Transition once again allow agricultural burning which was banned on March 28 amid a heat wave and with an extreme risk of fire. Yes, the ban has been maintained in places less than 100 meters from forest land till May 31. The Isaura Navarro-led department argues that without being able to eliminate pruning residues by fire after a month, the large amount of accumulated biomass poses a potential risk.
The resolution published this Friday in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat stresses the need to manage the residues generated after two months of pruning in a large part of woody crops in the Valencian Community. Farm owners and agricultural organizations have warned that prolonged accumulation of these farming practices could have serious health consequences for the plantations and the people around them.
“We should avoid the use of fire in the nearest strip of forest land”
To prevent the spread of pests, reduce their population, reduce their impact, or achieve the eradication of harmful organisms, in most cases this can only be done by burning. The directive stresses that “to reduce the possibility of forest fire, work should be done with caution and safety and therefore it is considered necessary to avoid burning of the nearest strip of forest land during May.” Is.”
The flames consumed thousands of hectares in the region of Montan and Villanueva de Vivar Levante-EMV
The Generalitat activated the ban during a fire that burned more than 4,600 hectares in Alto Mijares, whose origins are still being investigated and everything points to the work of bbrush cutters