The Xunta triples in 2016 the aid to farmers affected by attack of wolves to 360,000 euros

The Xunta triples in 2016 the aid to farmers affected by attack of wolves to 360,000 euros

The aid order, which is being advanced in more than three months, seeks to meet the payment of the 2014 and 2015 arrears of about 180,000 euros
 

The Official Gazette of Galicia (DOG) has published on Monday the order of aid from the Xunta to farmers for wolf attacks, which this year triples its economic departure to 360,000 euros to meet late payments, and advances its entry into force almost four months compared to last year.

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This was reported Monday by the Conservation Director of Conservation of Nature, Ana María Díaz, in the sub-delegation of the Government in Ourense, where she presented the main novelties of a plan in great demand in recent months by Galician producers due to the increase in attacks of the wolves on the cattle hut.

This year, two novelties are included, on the one hand the hurry in the approval of economic aid, which traditionally had no green light until April or May. On the other hand, the increase “by three”, going from the 106,000 euros topped in recent years to reach 360.00 euros.

“With previous budgets could not meet all the applications for damage accredited Galician farmers, which were dragging some debts with these farmers,” said Diaz.

Debt of the xunta of 180,000 euros

The objective of this increase will be “to face the accredited arrears and the damages of 2016”, however, the order itself leaves an open door to increase the final endowment “if this budget was not enough”.

“We have to be faster in the payment of compensation,” said Diaz, who proposes for next year that the processing of aid and the work of technicians sent to assess whether the damage was caused by wolves or feral dogs “be faster”.

In fact, Díaz has said that, at present, the Xunta maintains a debt of between 170,000 and 180,000 euros with farmers affected by the attacks of the wolves.

Type of aid

The aid approved by the Xunta for livestock farmers varies depending on the dead animal, its species, age and size, and the amount is decided by an environmental technician who is based on the technical tables approved by the Galician Government.

Thus, the amount can vary from 26 euros for a res of sheep to more than 1,600 in the case of cattle. Although these figures depend on the age and weight of the animal.

In addition, farmers who exercise their work in the so-called Zone One, which is where the presence of wolf packs is more common, increases the compensation by 30%.

This Zone One covers nine municipalities of the province of A Coruña, 13 City Councils in the province of Lugo; 15 from the province of Ourense and nine from Pontevedra.

 

Areas with more attacks

The areas where the attacks of these canids are more numerous are in the mountains of Lugo and Ourense. Between 2013 and 2015, the municipalities where the greatest number of wolf attacks have been concentrated are: Abadín, Muras and O Valadouro, in Lugo; Maceda and Montederramo, in Ourense; A Estrada, in Pontevedra, and Vimianzo, Carballo and A Capelada, in A Coruña.

Among the measures that the Xunta contemplates to face the attacks of the wolf is the possibility of hunting beaten. Although, Ana María Díaz, points out that “they are approved when the damage is very large”, but normally the batidas do not finish with the hunting of any wolf.

“The hunters confirm that they are very intelligent animals, and that almost never hunts anyone during the batidas”, explained the head of the Xunta.

In particular, the main objective of these batidas “is not the death of the animal, but to make the herds are dispersed” and thus reduce their pressure on livestock.

There will be no aid for farmers affected by the boar

Also, the general director of Conservation da Natureza has referred to the increase in damage of feral pigs in the Galician Community, although discards that from the Xunta is going to start up some kind of aid for affected farmers.

“At the moment we are talking with hunting theaters to see what are the best moments to make batidas”, he indicated. In this regard, he reported that during 2015 some 2,900 battles against wild boar were approved.

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