Injecting funds to boost organic farming in Andalusia
Farmers in Spain will be able to dramatically reduce pesticide residues on their fruit and vegetable produce with the help of a huge government investment.
A $ 448.5 million investment package will encourage 20,000 farmers in Andalusia to introduce natural predators to control pests, rather than use conventional pesticides.
As a result, the supply of ‘clean’ Spanish produce to European supermarket shelves is expected to boom.
“We are 100 per cent committed to producing quality fresh fruit and vegetables while respecting the environment…we are pleased to be able to offer support and inject vital funds,” said Isaías Pérez Saldaña of the Andalusian regional government.
The investment has helped to finance the launch of Hortyfruta (Spanish only), the non-profit organisation charged with coordinating the reduction of pesticide use in the region.
María José Pardo, general manager of Hortyfruta, said: “The launch of Hortyfruta will bring about a step change in the drive to introduce clean farming as the standard in Andalusia. As one of the world’s largest agricultural producers we regard it as our responsibility to champion best practice.”