Spanish lemon has the lowest water mark

Spanish lemon has the lowest water mark

The water content of lemons grown in Spain has been reduced by 39% over the past 30 years, according to a report by the ‘Water footprint of Spanish lemons’ prepared by ALIMPO (Interprofessional Association Lemon and Grapefruit).

The Spanish lemon industry has managed to reduce the water level to 271 m3 per tonne, positioning it as the fruit unit with the smallest water mark in the country.

“Lemon farming is an example of efficient water use and management,” writes ALIMPO. This is due to the fact that field production has increased by 274% over the past 30 years through irrigation and fertilization adjustments, enabling more production using less water.

What is the water mark?
Water level is an indicator of the amount of water needed to produce a product or service, based on direct and indirect consumption in the supply chain. Three factors are taken into account for this: the ‘blue’ water mark, which is the use of ground and surface water; ‘green’ footprints, rainwater, and finally the ‘gray’ water mark, which is water that is used to ensure that water continues to meet quality standards in the future.

Pioneers in calculating water scores
The calculation of the water mark is part of ALIMPO’s sustainable policy, which aims to implement Article 6 with us of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which should facilitate universal access to water and responsible water use.

This innovative work was carried out by a professional organization based on a technique developed by the Water Footprint Network (WFN), and to provide awareness on the water footprint of lemon farming for species and regions in Spain. Furthermore, the results obtained were compared with the development assessment over the past 30 years and compared the water content of lemons with other fruit crops.

According to the report, the footprints of lemon juice grown in Spain are approximately 271 m3 / t, of which 155 m3 / t is blue water, 56 m3 / t is green water and 60 m3 / t is gray water.

Core: responsible water use with high productivity
Lemon farming is an example of the efficient use and management of irrigation water, which is due to investment in storage and distribution infrastructure. Irrigation systems are used in 84% of the cultivated area, which ensures efficient water use. This has increased productivity. Today it is 274% higher than it was 30 years ago. In addition, the Spanish lemon juice mark is currently 173 m3 per tonne than in 1990 (-39%).

Despite the positive conclusions in the report above, the Spanish lemon industry continues to work to further reduce its water level by investing more in precision farming technology, including soil water monitoring techniques, placing plastic mulch over crops, restricting irrigation reserves and reducing resource use. .

For more information:
Raul Alcazar Vergara
Phone: +34 968 216 619