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Formentera signs agreement to support local livestock sector

foto 2023v conveni ramadersToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Juan Antonio Yern, president of the Association of Livestock Farmers (Associació de Ramaders), signed an annual collaboration agreement to support the island's livestock sector around animal health and improved production systems in 2023. Josep Marí, rural environment councillor, and Carlós Marí, manager of the Country Cooperative (Cooperativa del Camp), attended the signing as well.

The Consell de Formentera will finance activities to benefit animal production and health to the tune of €37,000. Under this agreement, the Association of Livestock Farmers undertakes to support the Consell de Formentera around animal production and health as well as actions related to animal welfare and identifying animals on Agrupación de Defensa Sanitaria-member farms and in performing the sanitary actions agreed in the yearly common Health Programme. Likewise, the association will continue engaging with and educating its member farmers about individual actions.

11 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gives hospitality and gastronomy students local produce

foto 2023v producte localThe Office of Rural Environment of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce a collaborative initiative with Forment, the restaurant at IES Marc Ferrer, during the third quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. This initiative is part of "From Formentera with Pleasure and Flavour" (De Formentera amb molt de gust), a push to promote local products.

Josep Marí, rural environment councillor, hailed the budding collaboration and shared his hope that it continue and expand in the years ahead. To students of the medium-level training courses in hospitality, cooking and gastronomy, the Consell de Formentera makes available local products like wine, olive oil and flour, which students use to make their own bread.

Every Thursday during the school year, students of these vocational training courses offer a reduced-price menu at the school's restaurant––a chance to practise what could be their professional future.

10 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera to unlock €15,000 for food for local sheep and goats

foto 2023v cabraThe Office of Rural Environment of the Consell de Formentera will offer €15,000 in subsidies for food purchased for sheep and goats on the island. This aid will be given to Formentera's agricultural co-operative, La Cooperativa del Camp, which will distribute 17 tonnes of maintenance feed and 6 tons of chopped carob for sheep and goats, as well as 5 tons of barley flour to feed local pigs.

Josep Marí, rural environment councillor, described it as "one more aid to further enhance Formentera's primary sector". "Once again, we want to offer this aid to the island's ranchers to offset the effects of insufficient rainfall, including the lack of livestock feed", he specified.

Parties interested in receiving this aid should visit the Cooperativa del Camp warehouse with their animal health documentation, or cartilla ramadera, from Monday 15 May. The warehouse is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 2.00pm and 4.30pm to 7.00pm and Saturdays, 9.00am to 1.00pm. Aid is given based on the number of animals.

8 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell gives Cooperativa del Camp €150,000 to further promote local primary sector

foto 2023v conveni cooperativaToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Marcos Ribas, president of the Cooperativa del Camp, signed a concerted action agreement between the two entities. Funding for this year's agreement has been increased from the 2022 amount of €130,000 to €150,000. Josep Marí, rural affairs councillor, and Carlos Marí, manager of the Cooperativa del Camp, also attended the signing.

This agreement seeks to give continuity to the actions of the public programme to revive the agricultural sector and improve Formentera's rural environment and landscapes. It also aims to reactivate agricultural activity on the island with all the economic, social, cultural and environmental advantages that this entails. To that end, the deal prioritises recovery and improvement actions on plots of land donated to an initiative known as the "farmland reserve", or cens de terres, as well as efforts to restore the Can Marroig-Can Ballet estate per the respective transfer documents included in the present agreement. The agreement extends to all actions carried out by the Cooperativa, which focuses on reinvigorating local farming and the island's rural spaces and landscapes.

The terms of the deal also entail an extension of the Cooperativa's contract to manage the Can Marroig-Can Ballet estate.

5 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera creates phytosanitary and irrigation advisory service for Cooperativa del Camp members

foto 2023v es cap2The Office of Rural Environment of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that local government and the island's agricultural cooperative, La Cooperativa del Camp, have joined forces to launch a service to relay phytosanitary and irrigation-related information that can be used by Cooperativa members. Josep Marí, rural environment councillor, explained local government's support for the initiative: "Technological advances must also benefit Formentera's countryside. This is a way to tailor plant health treatments, prevent pests and diseases, and improve agricultural yield through the proper use of water".

This advisory service will receive inputs from two new agro-climatic stations in Es Cap and Sant Ferran that are equipped with soil humidity sensors and humidity, temperature and rainfall leaves, and two virtual weather data points in La Mola and Can Marroig. Data from the stations help generate predictive modelling and irrigation guidelines, not to mention information on risks of plant diseases and pests.

Once validated by the Cooperativa del Camp technical service, the resulting irrigation and health warnings and recommendations will be sent to member growers. A company specialised in this type of project installed the stations and computer system for €6,836.50 (VAT included). The operations were financed by the Office of Rural Environment.

3 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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