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The Rueda winery hosts a meeting organized by URCACYL in which the Castilian and Leonese parliamentarians have had the opportunity to get to know the cooperative project first-hand

Cuatro Rayas, an example of rural development for the Agriculture Commission of the Cortes de CyL

The Rueda winery hosts a meeting organized by URCACYL in which the Castilian and Leonese parliamentarians have had the opportunity to get to know the cooperative project first-hand

La Seca (Valladolid), February 6, 2020. Bodega Cuatro Rayas has held this Thursday at its facilities in La Seca an open day in which a delegation of parliamentarians from the Cortes of Castilla y León – belonging to the Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development – have been able to learn about the project from the winery as an example of agri-food cooperatives in the region.

In this meeting -organized by URCACYL- the economic and social importance of this model of Society for rural and business development has been valued and the challenges that cooperative members will face in the coming years have been reviewed. In order that the attending politicians could learn more directly and closely about the work of this business model, the project developed by the more than 300 partners and workers of the Lasecana winery has been taken as an example. The session was opened by Ignacio Martín, president of the Governing Council of Bodega Cuatro Rayas, in whose speech he recalled that the mission of the cooperative is to improve the standard of living of members and workers , the guarantee of generational change and the creation of wealth in rural areas. In addition, in his speech Martín has claimed the urgency of the arrival of broadband and the need to review urban planning plans in the towns of Castile.

The parliamentarian Rosa María Esteban -president of the Commission- has shown the interest of the group that presides over the promotion of improvements in employment and wealth in the rural world , pointing out that they will not allow those who reside in the countryside to be treated as second-class citizens. For his part, Fernando Antúnez – president of URCACYL- has emphasized the importance of giving visibility to cooperativism and has exposed some of the challenges faced by farmers and ranchers who make up cooperatives, such as unfair competition and the problem of water .

The session also had the participation of Jerónimo Lozano -director of URCACYL-, who has provided an overview of the cooperative sector, and Vicente Orihuela -director of Bodega Cuatro Rayas- who has presented green & social , the emblem in defense of vitivinicultural and social sustainability that the Lasecana cooperative has recently launched and with which it supports the commitment of Cuatro Rayas to respect the environment and people.

To finish, the attendees have toured the facilities on a guided tour by Ángel Calleja -enologist and managing partner of Cuatro Rayas-, in which they have seen both the production plant and the bottling and logistics plants. Finally, they closed the meeting with a meal at the winery’s Vinoteca.

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