The greenhouse fruit and vegetable production continues to gain ground in the Spanish municipality of El Ejido, where the number of applications for licenses for the construction and modernization of greenhouses has grown by 20% in the first half of the year, compared to the same period of the previous year. This has turned Almeria into the leader of the sector in the province, with about 13,100 hectares under plastic where 1,330,000 tons of fruit and vegetables are produced each year.
The mayor of the municipality, Francisco Góngora, said that this leadership is a result of "the quality of the production, which is always supplied meeting the highest health, traceability and food safety standards."
For Góngora, these data are "very positive, since they clearly show that our producers continue to bet on innovation and the application of the latest developments. Consequently, agriculture has become a primary source of wealth."
"The City Council is doing everything within its power to speed up the granting of these licenses," said Góngora, who stressed that these improvements also respond "to the concern of our producers to have their farms adapted to the current regulations on field management."
Lastly, the mayor wished to highlight that during the pandemic, and "despite the uncertainty it has generated, the sector has continued to guarantee the supply of the markets while implementing all the necessary sanitary measures. This has been possible thanks to the constant effort of our producers and the strength of our companies."
Source: Europa Press / lavanguardia.com