In recent campaigns, the number of hectares under biological pest control in the province of Almeria has increased to the point of surpassing 26,000 hectares in the 2020-2021 campaign. This figure is 5% higher than in the previous season.
"Producers are increasingly aware of the importance of making their economic activity compatible with the conservation of the natural environment to offer the markets a sustainable production that maintains all its flavor and contributes to the health of consumers," stated Carmen Crespo, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development in a recent visit to a watermelon farm in Adra.
In the specific case of watermelon cultivation, the area under biological pest control in the province increased by 22%, going from 1,050 hectares in the 2019-2020 campaign to 1,285 hectares in this campaign.
Carmen Crespo encouraged professionals in the agricultural sector to continue advancing in biological control and offered them the support of the Andalusian Government. "You can be sure that we will be by your side to continue advancing in sustainability, quality, and internationalization. Opening new markets is one of the most useful ways to improve the profitability of the agricultural food sector's farms and companies."
As an example of the support offered by the Board, Crespo recalled that the Ministry of Agriculture had launched a network of integrated pest management demonstration farms in Almeria, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, and Seville. These demonstration farms include horticultural, citrus, or olive productions. This initiative will make it possible to transfer to technicians and farmers the knowledge to implement these techniques through the dissemination of guides and integrated production regulations for various crops produced by the Andalusian Government.
No green cuts
Carmen Crespo also emphasized that producers shouldn't harvest their products before they were ready to continue offering the markets the excellent quality that has given Andalusia's and Almeria's agriculture great prestige worldwide. That is the goal of the 'No green cuts' campaign launched by the Territorial Delegation of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development of Almeria, which contemplates carrying out quality inspections until the closing of the campaign.