Tensions around the “mega-basins” of Niortaise water

Nearly 600 opponents marched in the city of Deux-Sèvres to denounce these reserves intended for the irrigation of crops.

Will Deux-Sèvres become the epicenter of a dreaded “water war”? Gateway to the Marais poitevin, Niort welcomes until this evening the 75e congress of the FNSEA, the main agricultural union. Between 1000 and 1200 members have been debating their future there since Tuesday and awaiting the arrival of the Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, this Thursday evening. Yesterday, the future of the territories also served as a common thread for a second demonstration in Niort, this time with demands diametrically opposed to those of the FNSEA. Led by environmental movements and the Peasant Confederation, nearly 600 opponents intended to denounce the “mega-basins”, the substitute reserves intended for the storage of water and the irrigation of crops.

These artificial reservoirs exacerbate tensions in the former Poitou-Charentes where several hundred projects are under study. Here as elsewhere in France, the FNSEA fiercely defends these works for “Preserve the agricultural tool”

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