The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development, Francisco Martínez Arroyo has attended the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Champion Cooperative, ‘Champinter’ in Villamalea (Albacete). The first Priority Associative Institution of Regional Interest (EAPIR) of the fruit and vegetable sector in Castilla-La Mancha, fruit of the union with ‘Mercajúcar’ in Villalgordo del Júcar (Albacete) . A cooperative commercial integration that Martínez Arroyo has valued, while he regretted that the Drought Decree, approved by the central government, once again, neglects Castilla-La Mancha, ” despite the extreme situation that crosses the Region “and to the agri-food and agriculture industries that” also need water “.

In this sense, Martínez Arroyo stressed that ‘Champinter’ is a cooperative that is “a good example of added value generation in Castilla-La Mancha” from the production of our farmers. Before more than a hundred partners and mayors of the region has specified that “it is an industry model that does not relocate”; But for this it needs guarantees in the access to water, which requires – in this and in the whole of the agriculture and the agri-food industry “a hydrological planning, that counts on the participation of Castile-La Macha in the basins that run For our territory “.

source: SER Castilla-La Mancha