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Posted by portugalpress on September 10, 2018

The fires may be out but life in Monchique will take years to return to ‘normal’, with cork and medronho production among the sectors of the local economy worst affected. Say producers, medronho bushes will recover relatively rapidly but cork trees need another 13 years before their bark can be stripped - and government subsidies for those affected are far from arriving anytime soon.

Tabloid Correio da Manhã explains landowners are forced to pay out of their own pockets in the meantime, “to ensure damages don’t aggravate”.

Almost everyone whose lands have been affected had undertaken the obligatory ‘cleaning’ that the government decreed this year was mandatory, adds the paper.

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