This year, the Horticolas del Guadalquivir cooperative, which is based in Campillo del Rio and integrated into Agro-food Cooperatives, will sell 1.5 million kilos of zucchini, 2 million kilos of tomatoes, and 1.8 million kilos of peppers. The sales figures for these three summer crops account for this company's total production.
The Zucchinis and bell peppers from Campillo del Río are sold in Santaella (Córdoba) and the tomato in Navarra and Murcia. The 44 members of Horticolas del Guadalquivir thus supply three of the main Spanish horticultural markets, which acquire their entire production because of its quality that derives from a zero-residue cultivation system.
"Our products are practically ecological", stated the president of the cooperative, Julio Alberto Civantos. The zucchinis, tomatoes, and peppers that are grown in Campillo del Rio have no residues, which explains why they have such a good reception and why the Spanish market acquires everything that the cooperative produce in their 120 hectares of arable land.
“The sales of the members of the cooperative are assured. Our production is all purchased one year in advance,” stated Civantos, adding that sowing was linked to contracts: “If they buy more than one product from us, we plant more hectares.”