The Autonomous Community allocates 500,000 euros this year, within the budget chapter for plant health, aimed at the fight against the bacterium Xylella Fastidiosa.
Of this item, 200,000 euros have been invested for analytical tests, explorations and preventive treatments in the areas affected by the hail.
The other 300,000 will be destined for possible compensation to the farmers in the event that a focus is detected and the plantations have to be started, as established in the community regulations.
The Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Angel del Amor, visited today a farm in Moratalla to check the controls of the Xylella where he stated that "only 10 notices of suspicion of presence in almond, olive and polygala have been received, that after analyzing it they have been negative ".
Likewise, this year there have been 186 surveys in farms and nurseries, with more than 800 samples taken and processed through the Agrarian Food and Animal Health Laboratory (LAYSA).
Recently, a program of new emerging pests has been approved with the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and Food (IMIDA), which includes research activities in front of the Xylella.
"The way to prevent it is early detection by focusing controls on the most irrigated plant species and in areas adjacent to the autonomous communities where it has been detected, as well as with a special control program on nurseries," Del Amor reported.