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There Must be Sustainability in Our Agriculture

Paulo Cafôfo, the PS / Madeira candidate for the presidency of the Regional Government recently visited various parishes within the municipality of Câmara de Lobos including Curral das Freiras, Mostra da Ginja and Doçaria.

Leading the PS party towards the regional elections on the 22nd of September, Paulo Cafôfo explained that for many years a large proportion of Madeira’s population had made a living from agriculture, a sector of the island’s economy that he considers needs to be revitalised. In this sense, he said to reporters and those around him ‘he is a defender of the Family Agriculture Statute, which includes benefits and exemptions for farmers.”  He went on to say that “We are talking about 90 per cent of our farmers, who farm small parcels of land, and need the support to be able to develop their business and contribute positively to the island’s economy.  Without this support’ he added ‘there is no farming sustainability, and this, in turn, affects the landscape itself, and will affect the image of the island as a tourist destination, as much of the region’s tourism is based on its natural and agricultural landscape.’

Paulo Cafôfo said that the Family Agriculture Statute already exists at a national level, but has never been adopted in Madeira.  By taking a stance and incorporating the Family Agriculture Statute here he said ‘would be a good way for the PS to support our island’s farmers and culture.

Throughout the rest of the day, the socialist candidate travelled and talked to residents of Câmara de Lobos, ​​Caldeira and Quinta Grande.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly