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IU-Verdes Lorca asks that the commercial gallery of La Viña become a market of local organic products (18/07/2019)

The councilor Gloria Martin recalled that the facility, of 1,700m2, is divided into two floors, has capacity for 25 shops and had a cost of € 700,000, financed with public money.

Since its formation they are betting to recover the investment to favor the commercial activity of ecological producers of Lorca, linked fundamentally to the Highlands, and comarca

The councilor of Izquierda Unida Verdes, Gloria Martín, has requested that the commercial gallery of La Viña, closed since 2013, become a market for local organic products.

Martín recalled that in January of this year, Izquierda Unida Verdes de Lorca raised a motion for the promotion and development of ecological agriculture and livestock, which included aid to the sector as a source of employment and wealth.

The third point of this motion, approved unanimously by all the political groups, established that the City Council of Lorca would study the creation of a specific market that would serve as a direct and exclusive distribution platform for organic products.

The purpose is that local producers can expose and sell their products directly to the private consumer and collective catering centers at a competitive price.

Gloria Martín explained that in February 2013 a commercial gallery was opened in the neighborhood of La Viña, created in order to offer a place to develop its economic activity to the merchants who lost their premises due to the damages suffered by the May 2011 earthquakes. The 1,700m2 facility is divided into two floors, has capacity for 25 shops and cost € 700,000, mostly financed by the Secretary of State for Commerce of the Government of Spain, through the departure of Help Trade, and the Bureau of Solidarity.

However, despite the significant investment made, the project only lasted eight months.

For this reason, Martín requests that the agreement signed by all the political parties with representation in the City Council taking advantage of an infrastructure that was paid with public money be carried out.

For this reason, Martín has encouraged the responsible councilor, José Ángel Ponce, to be interested in the state of the place and to meet with the association of producers of ecological Lorca and region for the implementation of this initiative.

Ecological agriculture and livestock is mainly developed in the Highlands of Lorca, although this initiative could be joined by producers in the region, who would be responsible for managing the market with the support of the City.

For Gloria Martín it is "essential" to give a new focus to the sector and to support and encourage organic producers as a local development strategy, given that they constitute a potential generator of wealth and local employment, to which we must add that the product market Ecological is growing at a rate of 10-15% per year.

For Martin, the start-up of this ecological market would provide economic security to producers, processors, distributors and ecological traders.

The direct and indirect economic benefits that it would generate would also be extended to communities threatened by the effects of depopulation.

The mayor of IU-Verdes stressed that this production model helps to achieve greater environmental sustainability causing minimal environmental impact as it contributes to the fight against desertification, favors the retention of water and does not contaminate aquifers, encourages biodiversity, maintains the habitats of wild animals, and prevents the degradation of ecosystems.

In addition, it respects the natural cycles of crops, favors the ecological balance through different practices (rotations, associations, green fertilizers, hedges, extensive livestock ...), enhances the natural fertility of the soil and the productive capacity of the agrarian system, recycles the nutrients incorporating them back into the soil as compost or organic fertilizers, and optimally utilizes natural resources.

In summary, "it respects the balance of nature, contributing to the preservation of the ecosystem and sustainable rural development," he concluded.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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