The Spanish Region of Murcia has the largest organic acreage in the European Union in proportion to the land's size, with 22.2 percent of the total acreage. It has more than 80,000 hectares devoted to organic farming, which has become one of its main economic and productive engines.
After holding a meeting with the Council of Organic Agriculture of the Region of Murcia (CAERM), the Councilor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Ángel del Amor, visited a plantation of ultra-early peaches and nectarines in San Pedro del Pinatar. The plot is run by Camposeven, a company dedicated to organic agriculture and a pioneer in biodynamic agriculture in the Region.
This biodynamic technique is based on the interrelation between soils, plants and animals and seeks balance in the ecosystem. It resorts to a series of biodynamic preparations for fertilization; it uses several organic compounds that come from flowers, plants or tree bark. Moreover, the sowing dates are determined by the lunar phases.
There is currently a strong demand for Murcian producers in the organic market, generating a greater social awareness about the consumption of healthy foods, according to sources from the Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
The organic products that are most common in the region are nuts, with 30,000 hectares, cereals, with 14,500 hectares, and vineyards, with about 12,200 hectares.
"In Campo de Cartagena alone, there are around 3,000 hectares of organic crops, including horticultural products, citrus fruits and almond trees," said the councillor. He also said that "a large share of these organic products is intended for export, especially to Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland."
Del Amor stressed that "thanks to this type of crops, a quality, sustainable and healthier agriculture is encouraged, which is good for the environment."
The CAERM is the public authority that enforces the control system for Organic Agriculture in the Region of Murcia.