The Councillor for Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, and the Mayor, Luisa García Chamorro, jointly signed the protocol, representing the Town Hall.
The Junta’s initiative was aimed mainly at Almería for obvious reasons, which is why Motril is the first municipality in the province, yet the 14th in the region.
Councillor Crespo said, “the Junta and town halls pledge to help our farmers in their steps towards maintaining our natural surroundings and backing a circular economy, recycling and developing an efficient management of refuse.”
She pointed out that it was essential that the Junta worked with town halls on this as local entities are the ones that have the closest contact with farmers and therefore are the most direct route for informative campaigns.
The Compromiso Blanco is divided into two phases: the town halls compile through visits to the countryside areas where there are problems and report back to the Junta, at the same time informing the landowners concerned. The second phase will comprise of follow-up visits from Junta officials and if necessary, open up sanctions procedure.
The priority, nevertheless, is to inform and instruct farmers and horticulture cooperatives on the correct disposal of agricultural waste through awareness campaigns.
Editorial comment: farmers don’t need to be made aware of the correct procedure because they already know it; i.e., you don’t need to be told that dumping piles of discarded plastic covering for greenhouses on dry riverbeds is wrong. What you need is to pay farmers for bringing it into recycling plants and fine them till their eyes bleed if they dump it elsewhere; i.e., the carrot and the stick.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)