Harrowing the Riverbed | Costa Tropical Gazette News

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Almuñécar Town Hall maintenance department had a tractor towing a spike harrow along the Río Verde riverbed on Friday.

The Councillor for the Environment & Agriculture, Luis Aragón, explained that they did this every year with the idea of breaking up the surface so that when it rains, it drains down into the water table, rather than all flowing out to sea.

“This is a task that we usually carry out each year when the rains arrive so that less reaches the sea and this year more than ever, we need water in the water table,” he explained.

Editorial comment: it probably wasn’t a good time to be tootling along the riverbed on Friday – an ark, perhaps, would have been safer.

I thought that this would be an easy article, but I ended up having to learn the difference between ploughing and tilling, and what harrowing is, plus the different kinds of harrowing: disc, spike, chain and tine… *Gloom!*

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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