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The delegate for Agriculture makes his first institutional visit to Urrácal

The delegate for Agriculture makes his first institutional visit to Urrácal
Antonio Mena has visited a rural road where the Junta will carry out actions that exceed 356,000 euros within the Itínere Plan.

The territorial delegate of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Development, Antonio Mena Rubio, has made his first institutional visit to the town of Urrácal where he visited a rural road accompanied by the mayoress of the municipality, Emilia Mateos Almansa.

The new delegate explained that choosing the Urrácal rural road as his first visit was mainly to celebrate World Agriculture Day “because of the importance of these roads being in the best conditions to facilitate access to the farms and safe transit to the marketers for the sale of the crops”. With this, he added, “we will be helping our producers to continue producing and creating employment”.

Mena wanted to make this visit to coincide with World Agriculture Day, which was celebrated on Friday, and he highlighted “the importance of improving the network of agricultural roads to revitalise the rural world as well as contributing to the competitiveness of the agricultural sector”.

Andalusia has more than 50,000 kilometres of rural roads, hence the importance of improving those that are most deteriorated, “and unlike the previous socialist government, we cover 100% of the investment in the roads that we repair with the different plans”. In this sense, the Regional Ministry is going to invest 356,167 euros in the Urrácal road. Among the actions contemplated are the replacement of pavements, the consolidation of bases and sub-bases, drainage and ditches, breakwaters, retaining walls, signposting, etc. The road is 4,900 metres long, of which 4,800 metres will be worked on, and has an average width of 4.5 metres.

Itínere Plan

Plan Itínere I includes work on a total of 37 roads in the province of Almería, with an investment of 9,624,093.45 euros. Plan Itínere II includes work on 34 roads and an investment of 5,784,736.89 euros. The actions affect 55 municipalities.

The aim of the Rural Road Improvement Plan is to help fix the population in rural areas by improving their connection routes and the agricultural and livestock sector in the province.

The Rural Road Improvement Plan envisages an overall investment of 75 million euros in the Andalusian Autonomous Community, compared to 40 million euros under the previous government, and work on almost 1,000 kilometres of 259 rural roads in 200 municipalities.

The works of the Itínere Plan will generate more than 1,200 jobs, which will give a further boost to recovery through this economic injection from the Andalusian government. Furthermore, the extensive network of rural roads in the autonomous community is crucial for agricultural development and activity, as the condition of these roads has a direct impact on the competitiveness of 230,000 farms and is key to communications in rural areas and the development of initiatives that make these villages more dynamic.

Rural Itínere Plan

As recently published in the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government (BOJA), the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development has opened the deadline to apply for participation in the new Plan Itinere Rural, with a budget of more than 42 million euros for the improvement of rural roads that run through the Andalusian territory. As highlighted by the delegate Antonio Mena, “this initiative represents an important support to the municipalism by deepening the support that the Junta de Andalucía has been offering to the municipalities of Andalusia in recent years to have these roads in the best possible conditions”.

The deadline for municipalities to apply for participation is open from 29 August until 15 September. With the approval of the Rural Itínere, beneficiaries will be able to implement road improvement projects valued at between a minimum of 75,000 euros and a maximum of 125,000 euros per municipality.

With this plan, the 350 rural road improvement projects that run through so many other municipalities in the Autonomous Community could be exceeded. These actions will be added to those promoted by the Junta within the framework of the previous Plan Itinere, which has involved the commitment of 130,000 euros per municipality.

130 million euros from the budget of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) to work on 491 roads in 362 Andalusian municipalities. Therefore, the amount mobilised to fix these roads from 2019 would amount to a total of 172 million euros and more than 700 towns would benefit. “We would be acting, therefore, in around 90% of Andalusia’s municipalities”, the delegate pointed out.


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