COAPE – Farmers Agricultural Cooperative of Mangualde, in partnership with the Municipality of Mangualde, is promoting the Land Exchange that facilitates access to land to promote the use of abandoned and unused land. For new rural entrepreneurs, for those who intend to expand their business in agriculture, forestry or farming, the Land Grant is an opportunity to do so by leasing land directly from the owner. This is a way to “avoid abandonment and degradation of the landscape, while contributing to the growth of the rural economy,” COAPE says in a statement.
The initiative takes place under the Project “Program for the Enhancement of the Cheese Sector in the Central Region”, supported by Centro 2020, Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.
The 1st phase of applications for the allocation of land runs until February 4, 2020 and 28.42 hectares of land are available for lease in the municipalities of Mangualde, Nelas and Fornos de Algodres.
Interested parties may consult more information at www.coape.pt/bolsadeterrascoape.