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Spain: Murcia, a national leader in acreage devoted to organic production
There are already 4,307 hectares devoted to the cultivation of citrus fruits, fruit trees and vegetables in Campo de Cartagena and Campo de Murcia, in the area of influence of the Mar Menor.
The Region of Murcia has 80,776 hectares of organic crops produced by 2,959 growers. The Region is consequently at the top of the ranking of organic producers, which entails a great socio-economic and environmental development. In total, almost 4,000 hectares are devoted to fresh vegetables, followed by industrial crops, with about 874 hectares.
The Councillor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Ángel del Amor, reported that "Campo de Cartagena has 3,407 hectares devoted to this type of agriculture, and in the municipality of Murcia, in the area of the Mar Menor, there are approximately 900." He also stressed that "organic crop cultivation in the Mar Menor is expanding thanks to companies that are committed to quality and traceability from a sustainable point of view."
Del Amor has met with some of the representatives of the Organic Agriculture Council to analyse the impact of these productions in the Law for the Protection of the Mar Menor. In this regard, Fecoam and the cooperatives San Cayetano, Camposeven and Hortamira wished to express their concern about the fertilizer uses accepted in the regulations.
One of the farms included in this area of influence is Villaperji, dedicated in summer to the cultivation of organic watermelons, although it also produces citrus fruits and other vegetables. The Councillor stressed that "this is one of the areas that are most identified with good agricultural practices and care for the environment." This farm is part of Hortamira, where 35 percent of its members are dedicated to organic farming, complying with all integrated production rules.
Publication date: 6/28/2018
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