Granadilla local council passed legislation yesterday to enable local inhabitants to cultivate allotments on the abandoned Las Crucitas finca land.
The aim is to help those on or near the poverty line in the municipality to cultivate food, either for themselves, or for re-sale. “This is a regulatory framework to enable positive activity both for agriculture and local citizens,” said local councillor , Esteban Gonzalez.
Applicants must be of legal age, be able to provide a medical report certifying their ability to do farm work without risk to their health and in no case must they be owners of, or running, other rustic plots in Granadilla as going concerns.
Gonzalez went on “Agriculture could be a solution to the crisis in Granadilla, we encourage locals to participate, but also we would like to take things further in the future if owners of abandoned land are willing to cede them to the council so they can be used.”