Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A sad, sad sight

CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR If you live in the area, you've seen something like these. The driest winter in most living memories has dried out practically all the citrus groves in the area, of which San Pablo de Buceite and San Martín del Tesorillo are the most prolific. Many growers had added avocado trees to their crops. To no avail. Some orange trees might survive if they're pruned back properly in the spring, but the avocados are very dead, and have to be replanted with new trees. These take about eight or nine years to produce fruit, once they have reached maturity. Still, there are always the subsidies... San Pablo and Tesorillo are about to be declared 'catastrophic areas'.

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