Spain: HaciendasBio expects to increase organic production by 61%

The organic fruit and vegetable producer HaciendasBio will finish the year with 2,263 hectares of crops, 32% more than in 2017, when it had 1,715. This acreage is divided into 35 farms located in the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Canary Islands, Aragon, Andalusia and Extremadura. The company has consolidated as the leading organic producer in Spain.

HaciendasBio is also growing in terms of production volume. In 2018, it expects to reach 32,200 tons, 61% more than in 2017, when it produced 20,000 tons of organic fruit and vegetables. This increase is mainly due to two factors: the launch this past May of the Parque Ecológico, a fruit and vegetable handling and packaging center, and the growth of organic product consumption in the various markets in which the company is present.

Transparency and regulation of the sector
The general director of HaciendasBio, Paco Casallo, believes that "the growth of organic production and consumption in Spain can only be achieved with the collaboration of the Public Administration and all agents in the agricultural sector. We must tackle all types of fraud. Organic productions has to be carried out in a transparent manner every day," he says.

Expansion of the supply with new crops
HaciendasBio continues expanding its supply with the incorporation of new leafy vegetable crops and already has 19 new products, all produced in the Almeria farm of 'Cuevas'. To this we must add the increase in the production of figs and cherries that in its first season has reached 145 tons.

In 2018, the nectarine and peach cycles have been extended thanks to the Falamosa farm in Seville, which will begin its early production next year. Furthermore, new varieties of yellow plum, melon and watermelon have already been introduced, and HaciendasBio is also fully involved in the development of new products, such as apricots, kakis and pomegranates.

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