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La Gomera isla invitada en la feria Gastrocanarias 2016

El presidente del Cabildo de La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, anima a productores y empresarios a aprovechar el turismo para elevar la rentabilidad de la producción agroalimentaria de las islas, y especialmente de La Gomera, de la que destaca la “alta calidad y singularidad” de productos como el almogrote, los quesos, los vinos, los mojos, el gofio, la “rica” repostería y la “miel de palma”.

El máximo representante insular hizo estas declaraciones durante la inauguración del III Salón Gastronómico de Canarias, que tuvo lugar hoy en el Recinto Ferial de Tenerife, y que ha hecho de La Gomera la primera isla invitada.

“El sector primario puede convertirse en una actividad rentable si lo convertimos en la despensa no sólo de los canarios, sino también de los más de 13 millones de turistas que nos visitan”, afirmó antes de informar que la isla colombina ha habilitado un stand de 64 metros cuadrados, con ubicación preferente, que se convertirá en un escaparate para la difusión y servicios de la isla, además del espacio en el que se realizarán diferentes actividades vinculadas con la cultura y las tradiciones.

Curbelo insistió en que el III Salón Gastronómico de Canarias, que se celebra hasta el próximo día 26, será, sin duda, una magnífica ocasión para promocionar productos y empresas insulares, pues está previsto que asistan unos 12.000 profesionales del sector. “Propietarios de restaurantes, camareros, alumnos de centros formativos de hostelería y restauración, representantes de tiendas y mercados gourmets, medios de comunicación y, por supuesto, cocineros como Braulio Simancas, chef gomero que se encargará del show-cooking que hoy tendrá lugar”, detalló.

“Con más razón en tiempos de dificultades, estamos obligados a aprovechar todas y cada una de nuestras ventajas,  ampliar y mejorar la oferta que brindamos al turista y, por consiguiente, dar más sabor canario al turismo”, dijo para después añadir que “tenemos que apostar no sólo por una mayor presencia de los productos agroalimentarios en la difusión de los valores turísticos regionales que se realiza en el exterior, sino también aprovechar la afluencia de visitantes para brindar la gastronomía de la tierra”.

Al hacerlo ayudaremos a los sectores productivos tradicionales de nuestra economía: la agricultura y la ganadería. Y al hacer rentable la producción local también ayudaremos a reducir la dependencia de las islas del exterior, además de fijar la población y evitar la emigración y el despoblamiento de territorios, para finalmente generar empleo y progreso en nuestro archipiélago.

Por todo, Curbelo invitó a hacer una nueva revolución agraria en Canarias, que comience en este Salón Gastronómico, y que tenga como objetivo llevar todo lo bueno de nuestra producción agroalimentaria y nuestra cocina a los platos no sólo de nuestras  casas, sino también de los hogares de quienes nos visitan. 

slitted eyes train on a shoreline prey

TRINITY INLET, Australia An Australian saltwater crocodile looks like evil itself floating just below the surface as its tiny, slitted eyes train on a shoreline prey.

 

But for the Pormpuraaw aboriginal people who own the Edward River Crocodile discount oakleys Farm on the western edge of Australia's Cape York peninsula, the crocodile, or minpich, is a meal ticket to a better life.

 

The crocodile is a traditional food source for the isolated, 600 strong Pormpuraaw community. But nowadays, with crocodile handbags fetching up to $10,200 in the fashion houses of Paris, Tokyo and New York, each animal bred by the Pormpuraaw means better education, improved health discounted oakleys care and more jobs.

 

In the year ended June, 1992, the Edward River farm cheapest oakleys exported $340,000 worth of skins, a third of the total exports for the burgeoning Australian crocodile skin industry.

 

The Pormpuraaw people have lived with the crocodile for as long as anyone can remember. Elders still tell of a battle in the mythical Dreamtime between two Pormpuraaw brothers who were transformed into a saltwater and a freshwater crocodile.

 

So it was somehow logical that in 1973 the Pormpuraaw began a research project to conserve the endangered crocodile, and three years later began to exploit the animals commercially.

 

"It was started up as a conservation and development project with a view to providing some sort of economic resource for the Pormpuraaw people," says Vic Onion, the project manager of the Edward River Crocodile Farm.

 

"Like most isolated aboriginal communities, Edward River had 100% unemployment. Now they have jobs and a future."

 

The Edward River operation, with 12,000 crocodiles, is the largest of Australia's three main crocodile farms.

 

In fact, the operation has grown so large that the farm is now split into two locations, one at Edward River on Cape York where the crocodiles are bred.

 

The other facility at Trinity Inlet, just south of the Queensland tourist city of Cairns on the northeast coast of Australia, fattens the crocodiles prior to slaughter.

 

"We can't get enough food to them at Edward River in the wet so we bring them down here to fatten up," says Onion.

 

Trinity Inlet is also a tourist attraction with daily tours by the Aborigines who run the farm and a small shop retailing locally made crocodile handbags, key rings and belts.

 

After watching probably the world's most efficient killing machine devour a whole chicken, tourists can turn the tables and sample a satay kebab of crocodile meat, a cross between chicken and game, with a chewy texture.

 

The farm also supplies Cairns restaurants with crocodile meat.

 

"The tourist venture is only new. We decided to try it to supplement the farm's regular income," says Onion. "Also, the Pormpuraaw are private people and don't want tourists traipsing through their community at Edward River."

 

Farming crocodiles is a simple affair. The robust animal has survived 200 million years, through the dinosaur and ice ages, and can breed for 40 years.

 

"They are a fairly hardy animal which require common sense and attention to diet and hygiene," says Onion.

 

Despite the wide publicity in February given to a keeper at a neighboring farm whose arm was torn off and eaten by a giant crocodile, such accidents are rare.

 

"These are buy replica oakleys the ones which cause the most injuries. You get a bit careless and they latch on and won't let go," says Colin Bailey, as buy fake oakleys he holds a tiny baby crocodile in his cheap oakleys hands.

 

Life expectancy for a farmed crocodile depends on fashion trends. fake oakleys Currently demand is for small handbags about the size of a pair of three year old crocodile bellies.

 

Occasionally, the farm receives orders for a larger skin for travel luggage, but this is rare. The farm's large crocodiles, measuring 15 feet, are kept mainly for breeding and for tourists to gasp at.

 

The belly of a crocodile, or hornback, is soft and ideal for handbags, while the tougher back skin is used for belts. A top grade belly measuring around replica oakleys one foot can fetch $300 in the United States.

 

"It's a high cheap fake oakleys value luxury product and it's a limited market," says Onion, adding that Australia's saltwater crocodile is the top of the line. Regarded as the most aggressive, its belly is the softest.

 

The world market sees about half a million crocodile skins traded annually, of buy fake oakleys store which 10% are saltwater crocodiles, says Onion. Japan is Australia's largest market, taking 75% of exports.

 

But even in the crocodile industry protectionism rears its ugly head, says Onion, citing the United States' continued ban on the import of Australian saltwater crocodile products.