The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía, Carmen Crespo, said that the greenhouses used to produce fruits and vegetables were great allies of the Andalusian Circular Economy Law, as they were major C02 sinks.
During the closing ceremony of the presentation of a recipe book, the Andalusian head of Sustainable Development insisted on the importance of generating growth possibilities and gave other examples of circular economies, such as the recycling of wintering farms.
Crespo valued the economic importance and employment generation of the agri-food industry, which accounts for 12% of Andalusia's GDP and more than 20% of Almeria's GDP. She also stressed that Almeria products were socially, occupationally, and environmentally sustainable and that they contributed health to the rest of the world.
She also said that the Mediterranean diet is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and highlighted the excellent quality of the productions grown in Almeria's countryside.
In addition, Crespo said she would continue to support the sector and that last month more than 200 million euros were allocated to the OPFH from Almeria, as well as for the modernization of infrastructures and for the incorporation of young people into the agricultural sector.
The Minister of Agriculture also highlighted the work done by chefs as true ambassadors of the region's fruits and vegetables. The fact that they work with horticultural products from the land implies that they carve out a niche for themselves in their work areas, she stated.
Crespo also said that European imports from third countries should comply with the same environmental requirements that European productions have to comply with. It's just the logical thing to do if we want to have fair competition, she stated.
The Andalusian head of Agriculture said she believed the fruit and vegetable sector has a promising future and that the Government of Andalusia was going to do everything it could to help it achieve it.