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Agriculture: the exorbitant cost of guarding "basins"


DECRYPTION - Faced with the degradation of activists opposed to these water reserves, gendarmes and security agents take turns.

Saintes (Charente Maritime)


The Water Cooperative has never asked the State to be protected

," says Thierry Boudaud, farmer and president of this company bringing together nearly 500 irrigators.

Static guards, control operations, patrols carried out day and night... In the Deux-Sèvres, the police have been taking turns for months to ensure the surveillance of the substitution reserves intended for the intensive irrigation of crops, these "basins" which have been in the news for several months.

Sixteen works must be built on the Sèvre Niortaise and the Mignon, at the gates of the Marais poitevin.

Targeted on numerous occasions by environmental and anti-basin activists, the first two reserves located in Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon and Sainte-Soline were thus placed under a bell jar by the gendarmerie and the prefecture of Deux-Sèvres.

This show of force and the means implemented challenge in this department.

It is not planned to charge the Water Cooperative with (these) costs in the form of a compensated security service since the maintenance of order (…) falls under the obligation of the public authorities

Emmanuelle Dubée, prefect of Deux-Sèvres

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Source: lefigaro

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