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The Consellería de Medio Ambiente has activated a plan to crush agricultural waste to prevent burning on the land located in the Serra Mariola natural park. The new units of biotrituració, during the last months, have been receiving the specific formation and have started the works in the plots.

Specifically, and according to information from the consellería, the task consists of the crushing of the vegetal rest that the farmer generates in the daily work of maintenance of the trees and that normally was eliminated by means of the combustion. Now, thanks to this project, the remains are managed by a biotrituració machinery and the resulting material is left to the plot because the farmer incorporated it into the soil, which in turn implies an agrarian improvement by the incorporation of organic matter and increase in the humidity of the earth.

The department headed by the counselor Elena Cebrián informs that to carry out this nine plan, as an alternative to the use of fire, the work areas in the natural parks have been selected, as is the case of the Serra Mariola and Font Roja. Thus, and according to the information provided, the brigades operate on land in Bocairent, Alfafara, Agres, Muro, Cocentaina, Alcoi, Ibi and Bañeras. In total, in this first period of operation will serve 59 plots with a total of approximately 44 hectares.

The regional secretary of Environment and Climate Change, Fran Quesada, accompanied by the general director of Forest Fire Prevention, Delia Alvarez, yesterday visited the crushing works that were being developed in a land of the term of Agres. Quesada stressed “the important advances in a more responsible management of agricultural waste through public initiatives that allow us to avoid the use of fire and move towards the circular economy.”

Meeting

Quesada, in the framework of this visit, met with the mayors who have formed the Umbria consortium of the Serra de Mariola, among which was the mayor of Alfafara Raquel Vicedo, to see first-hand the project of territorial governance innovation that have been launched to promote new possibilities for the use of residual biomass.

The objective of this project, subsidized within the framework of measure 16 of the PDR promoted by Medio Amnbient, is to encourage the introduction of biomass boilers and the development of a quality compound that in turn can be used by agricultural activity and , thus, be able to promote the local economy.

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