Investments of more than 10 billion euros are needed to rebuild Greece's rural and environmental infrastructure so that - among others - it is possible to secure the right quantities of water for people in the farming sector, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, Konstantinos Skrekas, said on Friday.
The minister was addressing an event organised by "Eco-development" at the 28th Agrotica Agricultural Machinery, Equipment & Supplies International Trade Fair.
According to Skrekas, the Greek government is already in talks with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a relevant study, and "within the next days or even weeks" there will be high-level announcements.
He stressed that the rural development ministry is preparing a national water management plan that aims to benefit the environment, reduce production costs and increase the competitiveness for Greeks in primary production, pointing out that "water is decreasing and will continue to decrease". Out of the 2.4 million hectares cultivated in Greece, 1.2 million are irrigated, and of these, not even half are supplied by closed irrigation networks, Skrekas added.
He noted that farmers must fully realise that they need advisory services, while referring to the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP 2021-2027) he said that "we have an opportunity to change the primary sector".