Beginning of work to accelerate the demands of the rural world

The implementation of the Regional Rural Development Policy, which envisages the development of a programming agreement with various ministries, and the urgency of seeking alternative sources to ensure drinking water, were the central issues addressed during of the first meeting.

The Association of Rural Municipalities of the Coquimbo Region, represented by its President, the Mayor of Andacollo, Gerald Cerda; and the Regional Peasant Council, through its President Leticia Ramírez, were present at the last session of the CORE Special Emergency Water Commission.

On the occasion, the progress of the implementation of the regional rural development policy of the Coquimbo region was presented, which aims to promote the development of this sector to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. continuously and as part of a program of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

The central issues of this meeting were the need to implement this long-awaited regional rural development policy, as well as the growing urgency to specify alternative sources for the supply of drinking water to families in the most remote and rainfed sectors. .

Precisely, the objective of these groups, the Association of Rural Communes and the Farmers’ Council, is the concretization of the rural policy, which should be carried out through a programming agreement, for which the CORE itself must ask the Governor to analyze this important initiative for the development of the rural world and of regional interest.

Appreciating the management carried out by the two entities which allow peasant life and the rural world to continue in the region, the president of the Special Water Emergency Commission, Darwin Ibacache, declared that “very important points were presented regarding the drought and their follow-up to this issue. Years ago they indicated what was coming for the country and they were not listened to by the authorities on duty and today today we are facing this crisis”.

For her part, the president of the Commission for the Productive Promotion of the Collegiate Body, Tatiana Castillo, explained that “we want to update these work tables, because the peasant is not only a peasant, and the people of the rural world not only work in planting vegetables, but rural people also work in mining, fishing, trade, and they need to update the rural development tables, hopefully with one table per commune, to then join them as one. They need this development because otherwise people from these areas start to disappear to migrate to the cities.”

After the meeting, the mayor of Andacollo and president of the Association of Rural Municipalities of Norte Chico, Gerald Cerda, stressed that the objective was to transmit to the regional councilors the work carried out and the difficulties encountered by the rural world. in the generation of public policies for these areas of the region.

“The association of rural communes brings together not only peasant farmers, but also miners, fishermen, merchants and shopkeepers from the local rural area. We are talking about the fact that, very often, farmers who are able to adapt to climatic problems and economic problems also work as traders, then as miners or quarry workers. It is this policy that until today is being developed and discussed, but it also costs patience,” the mayor said.

The main current problem for the rural areas of the Region is the scarcity of water and the concern of not having the development of new alternative sources for the supply of drinking water to families in the most remote areas.

“During the meeting, all the things that have been done in the north were discussed, about the 24 desalination plants that are currently operating in the country and others that are currently being planned in other regions and that, in a way, the reason for not having a project already in development to remedy the water problem that affects the whole region is not understood.

There is exhaustion and a lot of frustration on the part of rural communes, where no desalination plant project materializes, whether small, medium or large. El conocimiento está por parte de las casas académicas, está la disposición por parte de cada uno de los alcaldes y de los concejales también, así lo hemos rectificado en la sociación, y también vemos bastante buena disposición por parte de los consejeros regionales”, finalized the mayor.

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