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Formentera takes steps to acquire equipment to launch oil mill

foto 2022x recollida olivesThe Formentera Office of Rural Affairs is pleased to report that bids for the sale of industrial machinery to extract olive oil at the future oil mill will be accepted until 17 October. The bid price is €269,000 and the execution period, once awarded, is nine months.

Josep Marí, councillor of rural affairs, voiced his satisfaction at the news, affirming, "This is the only remaining administrative step before the project is finalised, and local oil production is pivotal".

Tragsa has been tapped for construction of the industrial space where the oil mill will be located (behind the Cooperativa del Camp warehouse). According to Councillor Marí, the company is currently "completing the final steps before work can begin".

The building will have a surface area of 115 m2, in addition to a separate receiving area for olives. Building plans include rooms for olive washing and oil extraction, an oil storage and packaging area, changing room and toilet. The project will cost approximately €200,000.

Construction of a health code-compliant mill is a key step in creating and marketing a brand of locally made olive oil, something which, Councillor Marí hopes, "will deliver a fresh impulse to the island's agricultural sector".

6 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Presenting 'De Formentera amb molt de gust' campaign to promote local products

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The Formentera Office of Rural Affairs has launched "De Formentera amb molt de gust", a campaign to elevate and encourage the sale of local products. "The aim is to showcase and celebrate goods from Formentera's fields, sea and livestock farms, as well as other items which are processed on the island like xeixa flour, sobrassada sausage and wine", explained Ana Juan, president and councillor of commerce.

Added Josep Marí, councillor of rural affairs, "To increase the campaign's visibility and ensure that residents and visitors can identify and appreciate locally sourced products, the campaign slogan has been paired with illustrations of various local products and an attractive design to highlight the locations of growers and retailers".

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Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, pointed out that the Formentera Office of Tourism (Conselleria de Turisme, CTF) has reissued and updated the Formentera Slow Food map, which highlights where local products are made and sold.

Catalan, Spanish and English versions of the map are available at www.conselldeformentera.cat and the CTF website "so that residents and visitors know where to find made-on-Formentera items".

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This campaign will be publicised on Consell de Formentera notice boards and at tourist information points. Retailers will additionally distribute raffia bags and cardboard boxes emblazoned with De Formentera amb molt de gust. (The slogan translates as both "From Formentera with loads of flavour" and "From Formentera with pleasure".) A total of 2,000 large 10-kg boxes (48cm x 32cm x 18cm), 4,000 smaller 5-kg boxes (39cm x 29cm x 14cm) and 3,000 raffia bags have been prepared. The Balearic Division of Food Sovereignty Policies has collaborated with the campaign to the tune of €5,000.

12 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Special authorisation to hunt wood pigeon

The Formentera Office of Rural Affairs hunting service has agreed to authorise island hunters to help control species and protect local crops. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 15 May to 9 October, hunters affiliated with local hunting reserves may hunt wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) in designated areas from 7.30am to 11.30am and 5.30pm to 9.00pm.

The aim of the authorisation, said Josep Marí, Councillor of Rural Affairs, is to protect crops potentially affected by a species that has proliferated on Formentera in recent years. This action is part of Consell de Formentera policy of recovering the countryside and controlling pests that pose a threat to agriculture on our island.

16 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera supports Livestock Farmers' Association in animal health and enhanced production systems

foto 2022 conveni ramadersAna Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Juan Antonio Yern, president of the Livestock Farmers' Association [Associació de Ramaders, AR], have signed a collaboration agreement to support the island's livestock sector in animal health and improved production systems in 2022.

The Consell de Formentera will provide €37,000 for associated programmes and activities to benefit animal production and health. Under this agreement, AR pledges to support the Consell de Formentera in production, animal health and other actions related to the welfare and identification of livestock on farms which are affiliated with the Animal Health Defence Group [Agrupación de Defensa Sanitaria, ADS] and to oversee animal health actions agreed annually in the Common Animal Health Programme. AR, for its part, will continue working to educate the group's member farmers on individual actions. This agreement is annual.

12 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera announces €30,000 in four new subsidies for rural areas and livestock farming

foto 2022 javi parejoThe Formentera Office of Rural Environment is pleased to announce a call for new specific aid for initiatives related to the local rural landscape and livestock in 2022. Applications may be submitted the entire month of June.

There are three specific lines of assistance for the agricultural sector:

A) Support for organic farming (€4,000)

The purpose of this line of aid is to promote organic agriculture in rural parts of Formentera and help growers buy raw materials like seeds and fertilisers.

B) Promoting biodegradable materials in agricultural mulching (€6,000)

The purpose of this line of aid is to establish the framework of aid to promote mulching with biodegradable materials in agricultural crops.

C) Sowing traditional local cereal crops (€5.000)

The purpose of this line of aid is to help owners of agricultural land safeguard traditional local varieties of cereals which are at risk of genetic erosion. The aid aims to offset high costs of cultivating and conserving local cereals like traditional xeixa wheat, oats and barley during the 2021-2022 season.

In livestock farming:

D) Aid for sheep and/or goat farms (€15,000)

Money will be granted to sheep and goat farm owners to ensure the economic viability of these farms and reduce the risk of abandonment. €50 will be delivered per eligible female sheep and goat kept as breeding animals in accordance with the compulsory census declaration.

Information meeting

At 9.00am on Thursday 12 May, the Consell de Formentera assembly hall will be the site of an informative meeting where staff specialists in the Formentera Office of Rural Affairs will speak to members of the Livestock Farmers' Association, Farmland Cooperative [Cooperativa del Camp] and the Business Association of Growers. The meeting is also open to any interested farmer or rancher.

Josep Marí, Councillor of Rural Affairs, said the new grants were designed to "continue promoting and supporting agriculture and livestock operations on our island's rural landscape so they can maintain and if possible increase their activity". If funding remains in any of the lines of assistance, the money will be added to categories of assistance that have been exhausted. "The ultimate goal is for this €30,000 to end up in the hands of farmers who need it, whose work is so important for our countryside and landscapes", said Councillor Marí.

Subsidies may be requested online through the Ovac (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat) or in person at the Citizen Information Office [Oficina d'Atenció Ciutadana, OAC]. Complete details will be available on the Consell de Formentera website after publication of the call in the BOIB in the days ahead.

10 May 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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