One of the priority objectives of the project is the autonomous support of the community and for this purpose it is necessary to develop and make better use of the economic resources of the population, which is fundamentally agricultural.
In 2012 a cooperative of peasant farmers was created, which has since then allowed the multiplication of vegetable production and in 2017 achieved 6,000 kilos of rice thanks to the planting of 5 hectares on the banks of the river Geba, a project led by an agronomist engineer of the Institute for Research and Training in Agriculture and Fisheries of Andalusia (IFAPA).
Solidarity Journalists-APS has granted this year to the peasant cooperative a microcredit of 2,000 euros for the purchase of rice. This will prevent the residents of Candemba-Uri from being forced to submit to the usurious conditions imposed on them by speculators of cashew nuts, the area’s main crop.
This microcredit, which has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the Andalusian company Mamas Fruit Tapas de Fruta, was one of the requests expressed by the residents of Candemba-Uri. The cooperative has pledged to repay this money when it sells the cashew nut harvest around May.
Since the creation of the cooperative, the village’s economic situation has clearly improved, thanks in large part to this year’s rice crop, promoted by Periodistas Solidarios-APS, which has given them an extra 6,000 kilos of extra weight, to the significant increase in horticultural production. The good quality of cashew nuts in the last two years has also contributed to this improvement,
The problem is that the good prices of cashew nuts are mainly used by intermediaries. This is why it is important to provide them with a microcredit that allows them to avoid the intervention of speculators and sell the harvest when the price of the product is higher.
Among the decisions taken this November is the expansion of the area to be cultivated on the floodplain of Candemba-Uri, as well as trying to improve yields by purchasing new seed, using a tractor and applying fertilizers.
La Bolaña (lowland partially floodable during the rainy season) is the nerve centre of agricultural activity. In it rice is sown in the rainy season and later in the dry season is used as a vegetable garden.