The Canary Islands government signed an agreement with Cabildo de Gran Canaria and livestock on the island to increase the production of fodder for livestock.
The Minister of agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and water, Narvay Quintero, He explained that this plan wants to give farmers stability better food to the existing cottage and.
The director has signed an agreement with the president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, and the Association for Animal Production Food Consumption (PACA) to increase production of fodder for livestock on the island.
according to Quintero, this plan “will allow farmers on the island rely less on imported inputs and, Therefore, avoid vulnerability to price fluctuations of freight and fuel, what impact, definitely, greater profitability of livestock farms, and its continuity or survival”.
Quintero said, In addition, that feed forage grown on the island is shown to be much better. “It has more quality and nutritional value is much higher livestock”. “Both meat production and dairy products Canary Islands have internationally recognized quality, and that quality depends on feeding our livestock with what, if we improve food quality will continue to improve”, He added the Minister
On the other hand, President of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, He stressed the importance of such initiatives have for the island, which has increased their livestock significantly in recent years. “Having inputs to livestock is paramount because that incentivize own production, food sovereignty and environmental reasons”.
Quintero Morales coincided with the implementation of this plan will remove some of the uncertainty that producers face “on an island territory where the production of feed for livestock is very low”.
On the other hand, President of PACA, Francisco Sanchez, He said he expects these measures impact on less uncertainty for companies engaged in this activity and improved livestock feed and, Therefore, production of.
Through this agreement, the Cabildo of Gran Canaria is committed to make available agricultural soils and their property infrastructure necessary for conducting pilot tests; have the material and human means necessary to carry out the action; facilitate collaboration with the Canarian Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA) for scientific monitoring of the actions carried out, among others.
In addition, as it reflected in the text, a monitoring committee and a selection committee will be created project. The project selection committee shall consist of holders of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Cabildo, and one each technical; while the integrated monitoring committee two members from each party: Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and water; Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria; PACA and you will have to appoint their representatives.
The functions of the monitoring committee will be to coordinate and provide technical advice on the implementation of actions and study; coordinate compliance with the commitments and obligations of each party; and develop monitoring functions, monitoring and control agreement.
As they explained, This plan may assume that the area devoted to plantations to feed livestock in Gran Canaria quadrupling, and a reduction of costs and improvement of milk and meat production.
The island produces just 1 percent of inputs needed by your primary sector, and further feeding livestock is more than half the costs.
Today, Gran Canaria has 50 hectares of fodder, short term will be one hundred and the end of the period of the agreement, late 2018, the forecast is to be 200 hectares planted with wheat, barley, rye, oats and millet. To do this, the government will provide 600.000 euros with which the Cabildo de Gran Canaria may promote the cultivation of fodder through various measures.
Among the measures are carried out recruitment, made available to farmers, sometimes farmers themselves, seed and sowing mechanical means, collection and processing.
The Cabildo acquire a cold, trailer for moving aperos, static thresher, implement for planting seed, baler, mower, cutterbar and combine.
In addition, perform a study of agronomic characterization of local varieties for inclusion in the bank's local biodiversity conservation, and a study of the production costs of various types of forage, also alfalfa and triticale.
It will also study the introduction of new fodder that need little water, will prepare information material and launch a website of PACA as a platform for partners.