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Formentera to open line of aid for livestock farmers this 2022

foto 2022 ovelles ALast week Josep Marí, Councillor of Rural Environment, met with Juan Antonio Yern, President of the Association of Livestock Farmers of Formentera (Associació de Ramaders, ARF) and Carlos Marí, manager of the local agricultural co-operative (Cooperativa del Camp). Also on hand at the meeting were Loana Fraga, the veterinarian in charge of the ARF's animal health and hygiene group and Pamela Ferrer, the Consell de Formentera's veterinary specialist.

Farmers took the opportunity to express their concern about dog attacks on local livestock. Between December and January there were three fatal attacks involving two lambs and one ewe as well as other attacks that left six ewes injured. Councillor Marí explained that "since last July there is a new protocol for joint action between the pound and the local police so that complaints of dogs found without owner are processed more quickly". 43 such complaints were made in 2021. Associated fines range from €30 to €300.

Councillor Marí also called to mind the push piloted by the Consell last November to safeguard the welfare of pets and livestock by educating dog owners about the importance of not letting animals off property unaccompanied. To that end, Marí once again asked islanders to notify the pound at 630 083 128 if any off-lead dogs are seen without their owner.

The councillor highlighted local government's support for livestock farmers, which he described as "vital for the island's countryside and landscape". In that regard, Marí announced a €30,000 line of subsidies in 2022 for professional livestock and agriculture. A portion of the total will be used to help farmers who meet conditions based on, among other things, how many breeding animals they possess.

Livestock census

It was also announced that the period for mandatory declarations for the livestock census is open until 28 February. Farmers should contact the Formentera Office of Rural Affairs (Conselleria de Medi Rural, CMRF), Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm, located at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet".

Meeting participants additionally discussed operations at the slaughterhouse and proposed possible changes in opening hours to enhance use. Consell employees also asked representatives of the sector about the training courses they would be interested in programming in 2022.

2 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera activates awareness push to protect local livestock

The Formentera Office of Rural Environment has published an informational poster to remind animal owners that, as a safety measure for both pets and livestock, unaccompanied dogs must remain on their owner's property at all times.

To keep pets from running away or getting lost or run over, and to ensure the safety of livestock, islanders with dogs are reminded that these animals may not leave the house alone and must be on a lead whilst in public spaces. Islanders who see dogs off leash or without an owner are encouraged to phone the pound at 630.083.128. Featured on the posters is a watercolour painting by artist Fran Lucas where a leashed dog can be seen walking with its owner while nearby sheep stand in the shade of a fig tree.

Posters will go up in the island's main display cases, veterinary clinics and rural areas. So far this year the Consell de Formentera has received three complaints of dog attacks on island livestock: two in Sant Francesc (La Miranda/Cala Saona and Porto-Salè) and one in La Mola. A total of seven sheep were killed and two were injured. In addition, in recent weeks some livestock owners have reported seeing off-leash dogs on their farms.

Councillor of Rural Affairs Josep Marí insisted that, for the island's livestock farmers, the damage is incalculable, as the loss of animals is compounded by the distress of knowing one's property has been trespassed upon and one's livestock has been harmed. Marí underscored the important role of livestock owners, insisting the small farmers "preserve the island's traditions and landscape".

Municipal ordinance

The local ordinance on pets bans "unaccompanied and off-leash dogs from public areas" and indicates that "owners of dogs whose temperament so requires must fit their pets with a muzzle". The ban also includes information on legislation concerning potentially dangerous dogs, defining the term as "markedly aggressive canines and those having attacked people or other animals".

9 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera activates campaign to check trichinosis

The Formentera Office of Agriculture and Livestock (Conselleria d'Agricultura i Ramaderia/CAR) has lauched a push to test meat from domestic hog slaughters in a bid to control spread of trichinosis.

Trichinosis is a parasitic disease people can catch by eating raw or undercooked pig, boar and horse meat and sausage like sobrassada which hasn’t undergone thermic treatment. The best way to avoid getting triquinosis is to test pork from traditional hog slaughters.

To perform the test, from 1 November to 30 March 2021 interested islanders can visit the CAR at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" between 9.00am and 2.00pm, send an email toagricultura@conselldeformentera.cat or telephone 971 321 087. CAR staff will provide material and instructions on sample collection and information from partner veterinarians who test for triquinosis to ensure meat is safe for consumption.

5 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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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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