The 1,500 or so small cultivators in the Los-Llanos-Juntillas area just outside Coín will soon have their irrigation problems solved when work is finished on the two small dams being built there. One dam, with a depth of some four metres and a diameter of more than 50 metres, will be finished by the end of the year. The objective is to eventually replace the acequias (irrigation channels) in an area of 644 hectares with a network of water pipes connected to controlled trickle irrigation devices, which will save a considerable amount of water. Construction of the first dam began last year and the cost of six million euros, just over half of which was contributed by the Agriculture Ministry, with the rest coming from the cultivators themselves.


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