In 2019 the area of organic production in the Valencian Country grew by 11.7% compared to 2018 and reached 127,909 hectares certified. The percentage is double the state average, which stood at 4.8%. This is highlighted in the latest report on organic farming made public this week by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition.
In addition to the area of cultivation, in the Valencian Country there was also the largest increase in the number of operators engaged in organic farming. If in the whole of the State its number grew by 7.4%, in the Valencian Country it did so by 13.1%.
The “exponential” increase in the sector, in the words of the Director General of Rural Development, David Torres, has been claimed by the Generalitat Valenciana, which has linked it to the implementation by the Valencian administration of the production plan ecological 2016-2020, which has an endowment of 78.76 million euros. As a result of its good results, the Council is already working on its second edition, which will also focus on promoting the distribution sector.
For the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition, Mireia Mollà, the good data will ensure that the European strategy is met From the farm to the table, which sets a target of 25% of European organic production by 2030 “.” Our 18.2% useful agricultural area data not only make us think that we can widely achieve the 25% target by 2030. but, in addition, the Community will become a net contributor to the state calculation to reach the committed percentage “, Mollà emphasized.
Only the first half of 2020 already surpasses the 2019 data
The president of the Committee of Ecological Agriculture of the Valencian Community (CAECV), José Antonio Rico, was also optimistic, stressing that, despite the crisis generated by the covid-19, “in the first half of 2020 it is already they have certified more hectares than in the whole of 2019 “. Specifically, while in 2019 it closed with 127,909 certified hectares, from January to June 2020 the Valencian Country has certified 149,384 (16.7% more than in 2019) and 144 producers have joined. For the president of the CAECV, “society has realized that it is time to make the change to an ecological model.”