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Formentera Cooperativa del Camp travels to Mallorca to learn about work of other cooperatives

foto 2022xii coop camp mallorca BThe Office of Rural Environment of the Consell de Formentera reports that this week Josep Marí, Marcos Ribas and Carlos Marí (local rural affairs councillor and president and manager of the Formentera Countryside Cooperative [Cooperativa del Camp, CCF], respectively), as well as other CCF members, took part in a trip organised by Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries Illes Balears (CAAIB) to get a first-hand look at the work of cooperatives on Mallorca.

Councillor Josep Marí expressed his satisfaction "because this week the CCF team immersed themselves in Majorcan agriculture and came back with ideas that can be applied to our local countryside". The councillor highlighted the group's tour of Majorcan mills, "now that the project to produce oil in a regulated manner on Formentera is closer to becoming a reality". In this regard, the contract for acquisition of €270,000 in machinery has been awarded and Tragsa is expected to start building the warehouse shortly.

For his part, the CCF president described the main objective of these visits as "sharing experiences and giving Formentera's CCF members a first-hand look at the work of Majorcan coops". He added that the trip had served "to create synergies to collaborate and share knowledge from various experiences".

Tuesday 13 December, the local contingent visited the University of the Balearic Islands for a tasting of coop produce – part of the CAAIB's Christmas-season showcase of culinary creations by students at the School of Hospitality Balearic Islands (EHIB). Afterwards, the group sat for a talk by chef Claudio Lemos ("Traditional products vs. innovative cuisine") and ended their day with a tasting of coop products.

Wednesday 14 December, the crew visited the Sant Bartomeu Cooperative olive mill in Sóller before dropping in at the coop store. Next, they went to Camp Mallorquí SCL for a look at the almond and carob food industry courtesy of coop president Miquel Gual. In the afternoon, they travelled to Binissalem to visit Grup Fruits Secs and see its oil mill and bakery.

Thursday 15 December, the CCF team visited Mercapalma to see the workings of Agromallorca SAT and get a look at a tomato farm. Finally, they visited the Son Jover cheesemakers and farm.

16 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

15 Dec., Formentera hosts course on regulations and sanitary management of organic livestock

The Office of Agriculture of the Consell de Formentera reports that the last of five free courses scheduled in 2022, "Organic Livestock: regulatory aspects and sanitary management", will be held 15 December from 4.00pm and will last four hours. Registration is open now and can be completed at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) website.

5 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera tests domestically slaughtered local meat for trichinosis

The Formentera Office of Rural Environment has launched a push to curb trichinosis by testing pig meat from animals which were slaughtered domestically.

Trichinosis is a parasitic disease that can be transmitted to humans through raw or undercooked pork, wild boar and horse meat and sausages such as sobrassada which have not been heat-treated. To avoid it, pork from traditional matances should be tested for trichinae.

Formentera residents who wish to have meat tested have until 30 March 2023 to contact the Formentera Office of Agriculture and Livestock (Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet"). The office can be reached via email at veterinari@conselldeformentera.cat or, by phone, at 971 321 087.
Interested parties can receive material and instructions for taking samples and, afterwards, the Consell de Formentera veterinary service will test slaughtered pig meat for trichinosis to ensure its fitness for home consumption. This service is free of charge.

11 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Meeting with regional union of agricultural cooperatives

foto 2022x agraria AAna Juan and Josep Marí, president and councillor of rural affairs, respectively, of the Consell de Formentera, have met with Jerónima Bonafé and Xisca Parets, the respective president and managing director of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of the Balearic Islands (UCABAL). The meeting was also attended by members of the steering council representing all four of the Balearic Islands, including Marcos Ribas, president of the local agrarian cooperative (Cooperativa del Camp de Formentera).

President Juan thanked all those who travelled to Formentera for last night's gathering, where attendees discussed the situation of the sector and the expectations for the future.

For his part, Councillor Marí pledged to "help the primary sector to cope with the sharp rise in the cost of raw materials they work with, and facilitate the creation of needed agricultural infrastructure". In this sense, he pointed out that local decision makers agreed to modify the Plan for the Local Territory (Pla Territorial Insular, PTI) to facilitate construction of this type of infrastructure.

25 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates International Day of Rural Women with video tribute

Today, Saturday 15 October, International Day of Rural Women, the Formentera Office of Rural Affairs presented a video tribute to the island's rural women.

Josep Marí, councillor of rural affairs, said this year's audiovisual document focused on "women of traditional rural spheres, but women who have entered these spheres more recently too; who now shape it and are part of its future".

The video can be seen on the social media accounts and YouTube channel of the Consell de Formentera. "This is the Consell de Formentera's way of showing we value the work that rural women have done, do and will continue to do", he concluded.

15 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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