“The countryside lost the industrial revolution, which took its people to the cities, now we cannot lose the technological revolution because if not, we will be doomed to disappear”. This is how forceful it is the mayor of Cabrales, Jose Sánchez, when it comes to internet connections and broadband. “In some towns, like Sotres o Tielve, there is no mobile phone connection and it is essential so that people do not leave the towns, “he recalled. The mayor cabraliego points out, as an example, the pilot program of medical telecare that is being developed in the town of Asiegu by which the neighbors receive, through a device with internet connection, top quality medical assistance in primary care and emergencies. A program coordinated from the Covadonga Hospital in Gijón.
The council of Cabrales is he municipality with the most rugged orography in Asturias. It has 2,093 inhabitants spread over 238 square kilometers. Some of its towns barely have neighbors, they are the ones who have suffered for years from the phenomenon of depopulation. Cabrales is known for its milk, with which the internationally famous cheese bearing the same name is made. Its economy, therefore, is based on livestock, with the beef sector at the fore. Jose Sanchez has affirmed that “the cattle ranch is fundamental in the council. Our cattlemen shaped the landscape. They were the gardeners of this’natural paradise‘ What is it Asturias. In the eastern interior of our region, a very hard area to live and work, they rebelled against nature itself to stay here, so the defense of livestock must be an extreme defense “.
On the management that the central government is doing the business of lobo, the mayor of Cabrales does not hesitate to defend the ranchers and their position. has recognized that “There is worry and boredom. It is true that we are ending a way of life, with livestock. The wolf and the bear in our region have never had problems. The endangered species right now is the rancher. “ He is critical of decisions taken so far because “it is very easy to take them from an office. The proposed measures are not valid for all territories. Each place has its peculiarities and this type of difference should be taken into account “.
The tourism in Cabrales is the third great pillar of the economy behind livestock and cheese. In a council nestled in the Peaks of europe, where the Cares route starts and from which you can ascend Picu Urriellu, visitors have variety to enjoy and many neighbors who spread Asturian culture and traditions. This is the case of Javier Niembro who, together with his brother Manolo, created the ‘Cheese and cider route’. Jose Sánchez has assured that “we need many Javieres in Cabrales who have that purpose of staying and living in their town and showing that it is possible to live in the countryside.”
Jose Sánchez will be one of the mayors present at ‘La España Vaciada’, a day organized by Cadena SER at the Casa de Cultura de Lugo de Llanera. An encounter that will take place with the impulse of Fenie Energy and that will be sponsored by IGP Veal Asturiana, Alimerka, Llanera City Council, Tres Oscos Cheese and Government of the Principality of Asturias. Collaborate Municipalities of Piloña, Cabrales, Valdés, Ponga, Lena and Tineo. The meeting can be followed throughout Spain in streaming through laespañavaciada.es.