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Agriculture dep't announces €3.5M to help new farmers enter the field

FOGAIBA says 74 young people received funding as part of 2020 offer

The Agrarian and Fishing Guarantee Fund, a division of the Balearic Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food (Conselleria d'Agricultura, Pesca i Alimentació/CAPA), has announced that €3.5 million in aid will be unlocked for young farmers in 2021. Applications will be accepted from 27 October to 30 November 2021. In an separate announcement, the Agrarian and Fishing Guarantee Fund (FOGAIBA for its initials in Catalan) noted that €3 million were paid out to young people in 2020. All told 74 applicants were deemed eligible for the assistance. Between 2016 and 2020, a total of 688 young workers took jobs the primary sector.

The five-year period starting in 2016 saw the disbursement of €22 million in related funding. Initial forecasts put funding for the period at €10.9 million. The decision by the Balearic government to increase the aid is a clear sign of the commitment within CAPA to help young people find jobs in the field.

To be eligible, applicants must be between 18 and 41 on the date of their application, and present a business plan envisaging at least €12,000 in yearly agricultural earnings within five years after aid is disbursed.

The aid seeks to rejuvenate the active population of workers by fostering a generational passing-down of tradition that enhances the competitiveness and dynamism of the agricultural industry in the Balearics.

The Formentera Office of Agriculture (Conselleria d'Agricultura), located in the Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet", offers consulting for people interested in applying for the aid. The office opens for in-person visits Monday through Friday, 9.00am to 2.00pm. Its e-mail address is agricultura@conselldeformentera.cat.


3 November 2021
Communications Office
Council of Formentera

New round of gardening course promotes working the land to lil' gardeners

The Formentera Office of the Primary Sector reports that next Monday 25 October is the first day of open enrolment for a Saturday morning gardening course for 4 to 12 year olds. Registration can be done at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) and online on the OVAC. Classes start Saturday 13 November and end on 16 June.

After the pandemic forced cancellation of last year's course, Primary Sector Councillor Josep Marí expressed his satisfaction in seeing the course return in 2021. He encouraged children to sign up for the activity, which he said was about "promoting knowledge of how to cultivate the land in traditional and environmentally-friendly ways", and teaching participants "respect for peers and the natural world".

The hort infantil is located next to Sa Tanca Vella chapel in Sant Francesc. Two groups will be formed based on age, with the first group (4 to 7 year olds) meeting Saturdays between 10.00am and 11.45am, and the second group (8 to 12 year olds) meeting from 12.15pm to 2.00pm the same day. The course is free of charge.

20 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Islanders gearing up for grape harvest called on to declare activity

cartell 2021 raimThe Formentera Office of Rural Affairs reminds local wine producers with vineyard rights that they are required to make the declaration of this year's grape harvest before 10 December.

The declaration can be completed between 9.00am and 2.00pm at the Formentera Office of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Hunting, located at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet". The information will then be sent to the regional government for inclusion on the Wine Production Register.

The FOALFH reminds farmers with fewer than 0.1 hectares and those who use their grapes for juice or consumption are exempt from submitting the declaration. In the Balearic Islands vineyard planting rights are regulated, and if a vineyard’s harvests are not declared, it risks being declared abandoned.

7 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New drawing contest celebrates rural women

cartell 2021 concurs mon ruralBThe Formentera Office of Rural Affairs is pleased to announce the first drawing contest focused on rural women in commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October.

Students from years one to four at Marc Ferrer Secondary School are encouraged to submit original A3-format drawings (twice the size of an A4 standard), and drawings must relate to women and aspects of the rural world like fishing, hunting, livestock, agriculture or any other topic that can be considered linked to rural living.

Councillor of Rural Affairs Josep Marí said the competition was about "turning a spotlight on and acknowledging the important role of women in the social and economic development of fishing, livestock farming and agriculture, otherwise known as the primary sector. Young people should think about this and be aware of it".

Submissions will be accepted until 13 October at the front desk of IES Marc Ferrer or at the Formentera Office of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Hunting, located inside Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet", from 9.00am to 2.00pm. First-, second- and third-place winners in each grade level will receive €80, €60 and €40 cheques, respectively. The 12 winners can use their cheques to make purchases in book stores and computer shops on the island. Contest rules are available on the Consell de Formentera website.

Exhibition

The winning drawings can be seen from 15 to 22 October as part of an exhibition in the Centre "Gabrielet" courtyard.

6 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Local ordinance traces responsibility for livestock attacks to pet owners

Amid an increasing number of dog attacks on livestock in recent weeks, the Formentera Department of Rural Affairs wishes to remind pet owners of a municipal ordinance requiring them to accompany, leash and, when appropriate to an animal’s temperament, muzzle pets when on the public thoroughfare.

The reminder, which has been posted on information boards and in agricultural areas on the island, points to fines ranging from €30 to €15,000. The notice also highlights legislation defining canines which “possess a distinctly aggressive character or have been aggressive towards people or other animals” as “potentially dangerous”.

Department chief Josep Marí said the dog attacks were the source of great disturbance for local livestock farmers, “not only in terms of the animals that have been slain. There is also the distress of knowing property barriers have been breached and members of your herd have been hurt”. “I’m asking for responsibility from those pet owners who perhaps aren’t cognisant of the repercussions that letting your dog off the leash can have”, Marí continued. “Livestock and dogs can coexist without problems if we follow the rules.”

The island’s government is asking people who see unaccompanied dogs to report them to the pound by calling 630 08 31 28. Lastly, Councillor Marí praised livestock owners, which he described as “small farmers who protect hometown traditions and safeguard the local landscape”.


7 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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