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Silos for sale in Azuaga, Don Benito and Llerena for 685,000 euros


Silo of Llerena. / TODAY

The FEGA tries again to auction these deposits, an operation that it has already tried on several occasions without success

Celestino J. Vinegar

The Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA) has put up for sale 22 silos from its basic public storage network, located in the provinces of Badajoz, Burgos, Granada, Huesca, León, Madrid, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zaragoza, through the upward auction procedure with the presentation of bids in a sealed envelope, as published on Monday by the Official State Gazette (BOE).

In the case of Badajoz, silos located in the towns of Azuaga, Don Benito and Llerena have been put up for sale. The Azuaga tender comes out at an initial price of 221,424 euros, has an area of ​​8,651 square meters, and is located on Avenida de la Estación, number 136.

The Don Benito silo is on Avenida de la Constitución, it is 5,521 meters long and costs 274,557 euros. Finally, the one in Llerena is located on Calle Miguel Sanchez, occupies 3,341 meters and will cost 188,356 euros.

In this way, the Ministry of Agriculture wants to try an impossible operation for almost a decade: get rid of old silos from Extremadura, belonging to what was the basic public storage network of the State. As published TODAY in April, he launched a contest with the aim of a company carrying out a new appraisal of five of them in Extremadura. It was sought to value them “distinguishing the value of the land and the value of the flight, and the market value of each storage unit.”

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Basically, what was intended was to be able to put them up for auction again but at a lower price than on other occasions. The last two were in 2018 and last 2021. Auctions that were deserted. The old grain storage buildings that are intended to be sold were those of Azuaga, Llerena, Don Benito, Cáceres and Badajoz. Now the first three go out to contest

Silos have been fundamental in past times to guarantee the supply of cereals. Not only for, from the Administration, to regulate the price of bread, for example, but to guarantee the supply to the entire population in times of disastrous harvests due to droughts.

In Spain, starting in the 1940s, the National Wheat Service was launched. Hundreds of storage silos began to be built in the regions of the entire territory of Extremadura. But from the 1980s it was, above all, when they fell into disuse for two reasons. On the one hand, political. In 1984, in order to join the European Union, the European Commission demanded that our country dismantle state intervention in cereals. On the other hand, an agricultural reason: the cereal surface began to fall drastically in the region to give way to thousands of hectares for irrigated crops.

Then, the central government ceded them to the autonomous communities, although during the Government of Mariano Rajoy it recovered them to try to get income from their sales. Thus, the State recovered ownership of 17 silos in Extremadura.

Some of them have found a buyer (the cases of those of Mérida, Montijo and Villafranca de los Barros, the latter two acquired by agricultural companies) or a new public owner, the municipalities. Some consistories used them to house the space for young creation, as happened in Jerez de los Caballeros and Coria.

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However, the Ministry of Agriculture has not been able to “place” the old silos in two municipalities, Azuaga and Llerena, in the great cereal region of Extremadura, Campiña Sur. And another one at the head of Las Vegas Altas, that of Don Benito.

Apart from the old silos in Badajoz and Cáceres, the Ministry of Agriculture owns other old warehouses that have not yet been acquired, such as those in Trujillo and Abertura, both in the province of Cáceres.

The period for submitting offers for this last bid will begin this Tuesday, September 13, and will end on October 20, 2022. The auction is scheduled to be held on November 3, at the FEGA headquarters.

The process will be governed by a specific specification, which can be consulted at the FEGA headquarters and on its website (www.fega.es). To participate in it, it will be necessary, among other requirements, to constitute a guarantee for 5% of the appraisal price.

Up to four auctions are planned for each silo, with a percentage reduction in the starting price from one auction to another.

The successful bidders will have the possibility of deferring payment for up to a maximum of 10 years, in which case the first payment will be at least 10% of the award price.


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