La Laguna City Council begins work to recover 7,000 square meters of terraces in Tejina for agricultural purposes

The City Council of La Laguna has started working on the recovery of the old terraces near the Fuente de Tejina. The objective is that these municipally owned plots, which total 7,000 square meters in the ravine of Aguas de Dios, can be used for agroecological production, with special promotion of local varieties, in addition to also using them in educational purposes.

The Mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, visited the area to verify the development of the works promoted by the Rural Development Zone and the Department of Works and Infrastructure, and once the relevant authorization was obtained from the Rural Park from Anaga.

Luis Yeray Gutiérrez argues that with this type of initiative “we are committed to recovering unused agricultural land that allows the development and consolidation of the primary sector, encourages local production and, in the long term, promotes food sovereignty with circuits marketing courts across roads such as the traveling market of the Northeast Region. Cultivated land also promotes the connection between people and the territory and the conservation of the landscape, which is why we will continue to bet on projects like this, which will soon begin to bear fruit, ”assured the mayor.

The first action taken on these lands is the elimination and management of the invasive plant popularly known as ‘rabo de gato’. These terraces constitute a space of high agro-ecological and ethnographic value which, due to its abandonment and the assignment of the construction of the TF13 road (bypass of Tejina), has been strongly affected by this very aggressive and natural harmful exotic plant and agricultural biodiversity that is intended to be recovered.

This action is led by the non-profit organization Meraki Insertion et Emploi de La Laguna, whose aim is to promote sustainable, egalitarian, personal, social, labor and economic development, centered on people and for the benefit of the community. In addition to this first action, in mid-December, theoretical and practical training was provided in the field itself, aimed at the general population on the elimination of cat’s tail and the actions that should be carried out for the restoration of the farm and harvest recovery.

The head of rural development, agriculture, livestock and fisheries of the La Laguna City Council, Aitor López, assures that the City Council hopes that this farm, in the heart of the Biosphere Reserve and Rural Park of Anaga, “become a public reference in the recovery of land suitable for agriculture and the putting into production serving as a guide for other neighboring farms”. For this reason, this farm has been included in the regional project of the Network of agroecological farms in the Canary Islands Fincas Faro, dependent on the Canary Institute for Agrarian Research (ICIA).

“With this farm, the objective is to create a community in which farmers can share their knowledge, concerns, doubts, resources and, in addition, establish contacts”, explains Aitor López, who points out that the involvement citizenship is essential in the recovery of public spaces like this.

For this reason, the project was open to participation from the start. “This contributes to the promotion of agroecology as an alternative for small producers who guarantee local and healthy food in a sustainable way, compared to the conventional production model which degrades the land, affecting its fertility and productivity and, therefore, its profitability due to the intensive use of chemical products,” assures the head of rural development.

The land was acquired by the city council in 2000 with the initial idea of ​​building a new cemetery. However, this installation was not compatible with the Master Plan for the Use and Management of the Anaga Rural Park, approved in 2007, so the Rural Development Area commissioned a study to analyze other alternatives. The resulting technical project proposes environmental restoration, agroecological production and its use as a training ground in this sector. Along with the agricultural recovery of this farm, which in total reaches about 7,500 square meters, the document also recommends an intervention in the entire ravine to guarantee the success of the rehabilitation plan.


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