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Formentera Council turns over industrial space to farmers' co-op

Foto signatura conveni cooperativa campJaume Ferrer and Jaume Escandell, the respective heads of the Formentera Council and the island's co-operative of farmers, have signed three partnership agreements into action. The aim of the deals is two-fold. First, to reactivate the local countryside by offering alternatives to abandoned harvests and farmable land. Second, to chart job creation strategies and innovative options in local development.

For starters, the deals put use of a newly completed industrial space in the hands of Formentera's Cooperativa del Camp. Another component of the agreement is that the co-operative will retain management rights for the 504.7-square-metre (m2) property, located in Can Bonet industrial park, at no cost and for a period of ten years.

Moreover, the Cooperativa will be entrusted with stewarding a swath of land known as Can Marroig-Can Ballet. Under the terms of a May 12, 2016 arrangement between the Formentera Island Council and Institut Balear de la Natura (IBANAT), 12.05 hectares of IBANAT-controlled land were handed over to the local administration. Today's action, which formalises that five-year agreement (extendable for an additional five years), empowers the Council to enlist the farmers' co-operative in overseeing harvests on the lot.

Lastly, the two officials formalised a deal to grant the Cooperativa temporary use, also at no charge, of farming equipment owned by the Council. The group will retain control of the following items for four years:

Equipment
Quantity
Brand

Electric forklift truck
One
STILL

Hand pallet truck
One
STILL

Low lift pallet truck
One
STILL

Tractor
One
KUBOTA

Front loader
One
KUBOTA

Seed spreader
One
SOLANO HORIZONTE

Two-row super chisel
One
SOLANO HORIZONTE

Rototiller
One
JOPER

Reversible plow
One
HIBEMA

Mower
One
MARANGONI

Spreader
One
BMC AGRICULTURAL

Mounted hydraulic sprayer
One
GAMA

Trailer
One
HERCULANO

Rectangular packer
One
GALLIGNANI

Combine harvester
One
DEUTZ-FAHR

Harvester
One
LLORENTE

Rollout of crop safeguards

The Formentera Council has authorised open hunting on the common pigeon (Columba palumbus) May 21 to 28, June 11 to 25, July 9 to 23, August 6 to 20 and September 3 to 17, from 7.30 to 11.30am and 5.30 to 9.00pm. The administration extends its apologies to any residents inconvenienced by rifle shots that might be heard during those times. The measure is necessary to safeguard crops affected by the species.

A follow-up review will document the efforts and explore their impact.

Irrigation reservoir operational by year end

Visita can marroigAt 10.00am this morning in Can Marroig, Jaume Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, the Formentera Council's president and councillor of rural affairs, were joined by the Govern balear's minister of environment, Vicenç Vidal, in presenting details about an upcoming series of classes before members of the press. Organised by the region's job-seekers' agency (SOIB) and led by the Balearic institute of nature (IBANAT), the course is geared toward teaching construction techniques for traditional drystone walls.

At 12 noon the officials regrouped in the CiF Office of Culture's conference hall to talk with Formentera residents employed in watering fields. Mr Vidal apprised attendees on ongoing revisions at the island's purified-water-fed irrigation reservoir and noted that, today, just one electrical issue requires resolution before crews can embark on the final test-run. According to projections, the reservoir will at least be provisionally operational by year's end.

For his part, Mr Escandell thanked the Palma Office of Environment for their willingness to move forward with implementation of the reservoir. He reminded those present of the installation's nearly €9m price tag and that, in the seven year's since its completion, the reservoir has yet to be used. The rural affairs councillor trumpeted the structure for its ability to “close the water cycle by repurposing purified water for use in local fields”.

The Govern has spent €294,000 on the current push to bring the facilities up to snuff. The news was warmly received by Formentera's community of irrigators. The reservoir, Mr Vidal pointed out, is equipped with 80 distribution points that feed purified water to 70 hectares of land. At the meeting's close, the officials visited Edar de Formentera's purified-water-fed irrigation systems.

Formentera Jazz Festival is back

Foto ricardo laminThe Offices of Culture and Tourism of the Formentera Council have announced the dates of the island's third free festival of fusion jazz. During four days from June 1 to 4, artists from local, national and international music scenes will lead workshops, concerts, d.j. sets and jam sessions.

Tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer framed the Council's sponsorship for events like Formentera Jazz Festival as creating incentives for tourists who visit the island in the off-season. Susana Labrador called it just another part of the Council's commitment to cutting-edge cultural initiatives. “Having hosted Illa a Escena during the cold winter months in the cinema, now it's time to bring culture outdoors,” she said.

The Sant Francesc square will, as in years past, play host to the bulk of the festival's performances. The opening concert, along with singing and percussion workshops, will take place in Jardí de ses Eres. On Sunday, the closing jam session will be held in Blue Bar.

With support from the Formentera Council, the Formentera Jazz Festival was created by former Ojos de Brujo member and cultural producer Maxwell Moya. Raised on Formentera, Moya is currently employed at Berklee College of Music.

Full details can be found at the festival's website:
http://www.formenterajazzfestival.com/

Programme:

JUNE 1
9.30pm OPENING CEREMONY
Jardí de ses Eres festival tent
Sant Francesc Xavier, Formentera

JUNE 2
4.30pm RECYCLED PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
Jardí de ses Eres festival tent
Sant Francesc Xavier, Formentera

9.30pm MATIC
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

11.00pm NORBERTO RODRIGUEZ BAND
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

12.30am DJ LINA UNA
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

JUNE 3
4.30pm VOICE WORKSHOP
Jardí de ses Eres festival tent
Sant Francesc Xavier, Formentera

9.30pm VIKTORIJA PILATOVIC
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

11.00pm ANTONIO LIZANA QUARTET
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

12.30am MIDI DROPS
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

02.00am DJ NICKODEMUS
Plaça de Sant Francesc Xavier
Formentera

JUNE 4
8.30pm JAM SESSION BLUE BAR
Platja Migjorn, Carretera Sant Ferran-La Mola, Km. 7.8
Formentera

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