Kiwinatur, the Asturian company based in Pravia, is greatly committed to ecological production. The company is a benchmark in sustainable crops and has been working for the past three years so that 100% of its kiwi is organic. Their goal is to reach a production of 5,000 tons of organic fruit in the next five years.
To achieve this, the company has undertaken an ambitious expansion project in 30 hectares in the town of Riberas, Soto del Barco, where it plans to expand its organic kiwi production and grow Nashi pears.
Leader funds will support the project with 200,000 euro, which accounts for 44% of the investment. The first phase of the project will be developed in three years.
The crops will be grown under cover and earthworks will begin this summer.
The Council of Ecological Agricultural Production of the Principality of Asturias (COPAE) has valued this initiative. "Kiwi is a product that is an example of the potential that organic crops have in Asturias. It is a profitable way to produce and carry the name of the region wherever there is demand," stated Toño Garcia, the president of the Council, when he met with the mayor of Pravia, David Alvarez, the manager of Kiwinatur, Alejandro Lechado, and the plantation engineer, Ignacio Cavanilles.
However, he said there was still much work to be done. "Organic farming in Asturias is still below 3%. In this sense, the training of producers and consumers is essential. It will be a line of work for the new COPAE board of directors in the coming years. People should be aware of the good they do when they produce or buy organic products. However, production should also be profitable," he said.