According to data provided by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Andalusia is the leading region in Europe when it comes to organic production, accounting for close to 50% of Spain's total acreage and for 7.5 percent of Europe's.
Over this past year, the acreage devoted to organic production in Andalusia has exceeded one million hectares (+5% compared to 2017); also, the number of Andalusian organic operators has increased by 6%, reaching 841 producers, while industrial activities have recorded a 10% rise (216 new ones in 2018, bringing the total to about 2,500).
The Andalusian organic sector generates around 42,000 jobs, and it is estimated that the value of the exports of these foods exceeds 680 million Euro per year.
Data by provinces
Andalusia's 15,401 organic operators are distributed between the region's eight provinces. Almeria is in the lead, with 3,514 operators (2,117 men, 1,005 women and 392 entities), and is followed by Cadiz, with 1,083 (651 men, 231 women and 201 entities); Cordoba, with 2,137 (1,031 men, 588 women and 518 entities); Granada, with 2,735 (1,641 men, 722 women and 372 entities); Huelva, with 1,459 (809 men, 325 women and 325 entities); Jaen, with 950 (515 men, 256 women and 179 entities); Malaga, with 1,802 (1,109 men, 395 women and 298 entities); and Seville, with 1,721 operators (884 men, 394 women and 443 entities).
As for the total area devoted to organic crops (1,024,430 hectares), Almeria accounts for 53,052 hectares; Cadiz, for 160,575 hectares; Cordoba, for 169,997; Granada, for 137,757 hectares; Huelva, for 193,877 hectares; Jaen, for 116,956 hectares; Malaga, for 36,270 hectares; and Seville, for 155,940 hectares.