The Huelva town of Lepe has hosted the 3rd Agroecological Health Meeting, organized by Fundación Agroecosistema, which has been attended by almost 150 participants.
At the inauguration, the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Huelva, Álvaro Burgos, stressed that the Spanish organic sector is booming thanks largely to Andalusia's production, to the point that Spain is already among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of market volume and year-on-year growth. The Agroecological Health Meeting has served to highlight that by the end of this year, the volume in the domestic market will reach a value of 2,000 million Euro. Furthermore, in 2019, the certified acreage and the amount of organic agro-food industries have also increased by 25.6%.
The opening of the event was also attended by the president of Fundación Agroecosistema, Eduardo Merello Álvarez, who highlighted the growing demand for organic agricultural products and for certifications, both for the producers and for the companies receiving and handling the goods.
Given this strong demand for certified organic products in the markets, Merello has called on operators to make it easier for producers to obtain their certifications. He is also asking research centers to develop specific alternatives focused on organic agriculture.
When it comes to berries, Jon Jáuregui, head of the Organic Production Systems Service of the Government of Andalusia, said that the acreage with organic certifications in Huelva "is still small", despite the province leading the national and Andalusian production, with 95% of the total. Blueberries top the ranking, with 627.97 hectares and 65 operators, followed by strawberries, with 129.50 hectares and 15 operators; blackberries, with 4.64 hectares and 5 operators; and raspberries, with 2.57 hectares and also 5 operators.