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A campaign will encourage farmers to use the pruning shredders purchased by the City Council to prevent agricultural burns and help Murcia have cleaner air (20/11/2020)

The Consistory of Murcia and Asaja seal a collaboration agreement to develop dissemination, promotion, training and use of portable pruning shredder machinery, with the aim that the service reaches all the small farmers in the municipalityThe launch of a dissemination campaign will encourage farmers in Murcia to use portable pruning shredders purchased by the City Council within the framework of the collaboration it maintains with Asaja for the promotion of organic farming, as a means of protecting the environment.

environment and the promotion of a sustainable garden development model.In this sense, at the proposal of the Department of Sustainable Development and Huerta, led by the mayor Antonio Navarro, the Local Government Board, in its meeting held today, has approved a collaboration agreement between the City Council and Asaja that It will allow the development of dissemination, promotion, training and use of portable pruning shredder machinery, with the aim that the service reaches all the small farmers in the municipality.In the last year the shredders have carried out more than 300 services and treated 168 tons of pruning remains, which have been reused, thus avoiding the emission of polluting gases into the atmosphere.

The agreement approved today has an economic endowment of 50,000 euros and will remain in force until June 30, 2021.Meet and increase demandBy virtue of this agreement, the City Council and Asaja will articulate a strategy to attend in an orderly manner to all the existing demand from users of the crushing machines, as well as to make this service known among all the farmers of the Murcian garden.A protocol for the coordination of data collection work will be established to organize waiting lists, telephone assistance and the organization of work routes.

The planned actions will be coordinated by both the Local Police and the Municipal Boards, which will carry out a very important task of maintaining and updating the farmers' database.Likewise, the campaign will include the dissemination and dissemination of information through newsletters, diptychs, the Asaja website and the profiles that the association has on social networks.

Through these channels, the activities that are going to be carried out will be announced and the techniques and use of organic farming, the municipal Land Bank system and the techniques for crushing the agricultural remains from pruning will be promoted for their subsequent reuse.Online dissemination sessionThe campaign will also allow the celebration of an online day to disseminate the use that is made of the pruning remains treated by the machines purchased by the City Council and of the Strategy of Adaptation to Climate Change of the Municipality of Murcia.All these actions will be aimed at achieving the objective of the signed agreement, which is to minimize the environmental deterioration produced by theburning of pruning remains, replacing current practices with others that are more sustainable and beneficial for the environment, avoiding the emission of pollutants that affect people's health and contribute to climate change.This agreement will seek to improve air quality in those urban environments close to areas where agricultural burns are common, contribute to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions, improving the resilience of the soil and its biodiversity, through new agricultural practices, provide farmers with an alternative management system to burning and promote circular economy practices in the municipality.Additionally, the environmental benefits of pruning, rather than burning stubble, are as follows:- Reduction of atmospheric pollution, reducing the contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere.-Reduction of the greenhouse effect.-Improvement of soil fertility.-Increased water retention capacity in the soil.-Increase of soil organic matter.-Increased landscape conservation.-Reduction of erosion and desertification.Agreements such as the one approved today are part of the Clean Air Strategy, which includes numerous measures to reduce pollution and curb climate change, such as pedestrianization of urban environments, the commitment to clean means in public transport and cleaning services road, the promotion of green areas and the commitment to recycling and circular economy systems that facilitate the reuse of waste.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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