Beja / Évora: Polytechnic University and maintains dispute over farm ownership.

The Court of Auditors' report (TdC) He brought the public a legal dispute between the Polytechnic Institute of Beja (IPBeja) and the University of Évora (EU) on the possession of Outeiro Estate, in Canhestros, Ferreira do Alentejo county.

Besides Outeiro, other property, separates the two institutions, Herdade da Almocreva, Penedo Gordo, county Beja, which is also managed by the Agricultural Experimental Zone (ZEA).

The TdC report (UNIV.ÉVORA rel014-2018-2s), states that in Table 16 Situation of the Real Estate UÉvora, Outeiro Estate, one of the farms whose management was handed over to ZEA, we have the respective transfer agreement, the UÉvora has the property ownership, holding, yet, possession and keeping this issue on a dispute with the Polytechnic Institute of Beja (IPB). The University reported that the Polytechnic Institute of Beja promoted " (...) the land registry in your favor, invoking a testamentary disposition of the previous owner, UÉvora that does not recognize ". He added that "(...) retains ownership and property holding for more than 20 year old, that it will summon to court claiming ownership of property rights ". Property included in the extraordinary regularization process, aforementioned.

Heard by Lidador News (LN), a source close to the Agricultural School, He revealed that "the property belonged to Mariano Ugly, who gave the management to UÉvora, having a will left it to the Polytechnic Institute of Beja ", and therein lies the dispute between the two institutions.

As for Herdade da Almocreva, near Beja the situation is somewhat different. According to the TB report: the UÉvora, holds some ownership of plots. Only part of the properties that make up this estate are registered and enrolled, respectively, Mother and the Registrar, for and in the ownership of the University. The University stated that "(...) Almocreva the only part of the field that is not registered on behalf of the registered burden has UÉvora, lawsuits are underway, aimed at removing them, not be recognized by this entity ". Under the extraordinary regularization process, aforementioned, the UÉvora seeks the cancellation of the burden of registration and charges, the inscription on the land register in his name and the achievement of its registration.

About a Almocreva, the source told the LN, He said that "the estate belonged to Carolina Almodovar, He delivered the same to exploit the EU, there are over 20 years handed part of the same, namely, 100 hectares in Almocreva and 150 nas Rascas, all the past IPBeja new exploration for the EU, that for some time to this part rented to a company, the Spanish capital for planting citrus ". Here too there will be a dispute over "land tenure".

But there is another reference regarding the Herdade do Outeiro, 17 contracts in Table, assigned to the Operations Center and Technology and Irrigation (COTR), that sustains report, according to information from the EU, It is the same courtesy: protocol (despite the title of this document, is-is, de facto, a lease agreement and as such will be treated) the transfer of a plot of rustic land. availability, by UÉvora of 27 He has, in Outeiro Estate, BCWP to carry out research activities, Demonstration and Experimentation. Constituted for a period of 15 year old, renewable by agreement between the parties. The revenues will be in the areas afetas to BCWP, UÉvora being compensated for loss of income by decreasing traveled through an area percentage 10% the value of these revenues (There were no in the year 2012 the counterparts of the Protocol). A COTR, through FDI projects, seek to affect a fellow who will coordinate activities to be undertaken by different projects. The investments made in the Knoll farm should reverse at the end of the activity of BCWP.

On the activities of the Agricultural Experimental Zone (ZEA), the relatótio TdC states that had its beginning in 7 May 2009. In 25 following May was celebrated, between UÉvora and ZEA, one transfer agreement for the management and operation of farms, that better analyze the point 3.19. In January 2010, effective beef was administratively transferred to the UÉvora ZEA361. Of the documentation it was not possible to identify any other transferred assets that integrate the following centers referred.

Pole Almocreva: This polo exploration is mainly agricultural and develops the farms of Rascas and the Almocreva. The ZEA exploited traditional dryland olive grove with approximately 60 hectares, for the production of olive oil extraction, the forage oats, cereal grain, Barley and Sunflower. These products were disposed based on contracts annually, and a part for consumption by animals composing the effective livestock farms in the hill, and Mitra.

The exploitation of Almocreva Homestead by ZEA ceased from 2016, because the University has entered into a partnership with the consortium Lands D'Almocreva, for the use of 323,78 hectares, including an irrigable area of ​​the enterprise Alqueva363.

On this matter the ZEA, indicated in the Report and Accounts 2015 than "(...) the next few years the management of ZEA should look for alternatives to be able to replace the revenue from activities in Homestead Almocreva ".

Pole Knoll: This pole comprises activities in the agricultural section, livestock and forestry. Agricultural production is developed for forage production destined for self. IT IS, essentially, a recovery zone pastoral, supported by herbaceous plant production consistency for use in feeding livestock husbandry of effective.

According to the Court of Auditors, the Agricultural Experimental Zone (ZEA), a commercial company dedicated to the production, exploitation and management of agricultural estates of the university and the allocation of means and conditions to support teaching and research in the agricultural sciences, divide “material resources, human and financial to the university” of which were “It is neither clear nor transparent”.

The TB found a sharing of material resources, human and financial to the University which is neither clear nor transparent, namely a lack of reciprocity and consideration and omissions accounting. It was concluded that the economic and financial feasibility of ZEA is not assured.

Teixeira Correia

(journalist)

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