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Council pacts with stockbreeders on rural renewal

ramaders conveni 240415This morning, Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and councilman Santi Juan of the office of agriculture, livestock and fishing, put their signature on a collaborative accord struck with the Associació de Ramaders (Stockbreeders' Association) of the island. As part of the deal, the Associació, whose president Santi Tur was also on hand for the morning's signing, will receive total funding in the amount €32,000, to be dispersed in three parts over the coming year.

The accord will serve to further strengthen the Council's dedication to improving both the productivity and landscapes of Formentera countryside. This commitment has already been demonstrated through other collaborative projects, such as the untilled land use (Fons de Terres) project and the construction of an industrial space for the island's agricultural sector, both with the Formentera Farmers' Cooperative.

According to group president Santi Tur, with some one hundred locals on its member rolls, the Associació de Ramaders tallies 81 heads of pig and 842 goats and sheep among its membership's livestock. Tur affirmed: “We are very grateful to the Formentera Council because without this financial backing it would be much more difficult to do what we do”.

Says Jaume Ferrer, the pact is also a way to support proper hygiene among farm animals. The Council president cited veterinary services included in the present deal, but also spoke of a broader vision: “An important part of the pact is the support it provides for improving agricultural production”.

Councillor of agriculture Santiago Juan reminded those in the crowd that “above and beyond this accord, the Council of Formentera helps with the purchase of medication and – a little over a year ago, during an exceptionally crippling dry spell – provided a special round of assistance in the form of animal feed”.

Six first plots chosen for untilled land use project, Fons de Terres

cases Ferreres 1Fons de Terres, an effort launched by the Formentera Council and local farmers' cooperative to revitalise agricultural activity and restore local farmland landscapes, took another step forward yesterday, 16 April, when a special commission for the project met to oversee the selection of the first plots to be restored under the programme.

Five of the six lots are privately-owned; two located in Punta Prima and three in Porto Salé while a sixth is the farmland segment of the Ca ses Ferreres in La Mola. The properties constitute 77,920 square metres of land in total.

Coop-director Carles Marí announced the next stage in the process – slated for next Monday of next week – would include signing of cession-and-use agreements between landowners and the Cooperativa del Camp. Once that phase of the project is concluded the Cooperativa has indicated that it will clear brush on the plots and proceed to cultivation of the terrain.

Equality and non-violence accord renewed

conveni dona10415This morning the Formentera Council and the Espai Dones association renewed a pact by which the local administration will provide €3,000 in funding to support the organisation of dynamic and educational activities that work toward equality promotion and the prevention of domestic violence.

At the signing were Council president Jaume Ferrer, social welfare councillor Dolores Fernández Tamargo and Espai Dones president Vanessa Díaz. All three affirmed their satisfaction with the results of collaboration between the Council and Espai Dones to this day – to wit, yearly pledges of funding that had until this year been set at €2,500.

The last week of March was the final hurrah for activities celebrating Women's History Month. Coordination of the March Women's History Month programme calendar, as well as the activities that accompany International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) constitute the bulk of Espai Dones programming.

To enforce regulated parking in La Savina, call for applicants launched

adhesiu2The Formentera Council has set the wheels in motion on a process to bring the total number of parking attendants for the newly-implemented system of regulated parking in La Savina to nine. All those interested have through 7 April to apply at the Virtual Citizens' Office (l'OAC) in order to be considered for selection. Requirements for hire can be found on the Formentera Council website www.cif.cat by clicking on “bulletin board” and following the link for human resources.

As the offer overlaps with Holy Week holidays, interested individuals will have two days to apply: next Saturday, 4 April, and Tuesday 7 April, from 9am to 2pm.

The three attendants currently employed for the task were hired in February, at which time the process was overseen by the SOIB (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears), the job placement service of the Balearic Islands. At that time it was announced that six additional positions would soon be made available, the hiring for which would be handled directly by the Council itself.

Parking metres now in use

The first of April marked the beginning of a new phase in the implementation of La Savina's regulated parking system. Starting today, attendants will patrol the area to ensure all drivers that park in blue zone spaces have obtained the required ticket from parking metres and placed it visibly in their vehicle. As for users of green zone parking areas, they have until 10 April, at which point attendants will begin checking to ensure observance.

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