The rain, wind and snow storms that have closed roads and caused so many problems for local residents of Tenerife over recent weeks have not affected the south of the island, but the farmers in the south of the island have been badly affected by a lack of rain for potato crops and for growing grapes to make into local wine.
This is now described as a drought by farmers in Tenerife that is affecting agricultural production, and the island government and Asaga, the employer’s association of the farmers have met this week to investigate possible irrigation methods to ensure that potatoes and grapes do not suffer or fail.
There are over 200 farmers based in the south of Tenerife, including Arico, the highlands of Adeje, Granadilla and Vilaflora, who are all affected by this drought. Vilaflor has had no rain for two years.
Possible solutions being considered include the use of desalination plants, and especially at Guia de Isora, but farmers are crossing their fingers that rain will still fall in the south of Tenerife before the end of winter on 20 March.
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