“Spanish organic farming depends on Dutch R&D”

The early stone fruit campaign is almost over in the Region of Murcia. Recent climatic variations in Europe have not affected the harvest in La Manga del Mar Menor.

“Volumes have been satisfactory, although prices have been below expectations,” said Adolfo Garcia, director of Camposeven, an agrarian organic and biodynamic farming company.

According to Adolfo Garcia, Spanish organic and biodynamic agriculture currently faces two challenges: investment in R&D and prices.

“Competition in the sector is intensifying, cutting into profits. Prices offer ever-shrinking margins for producers and are higher for consumers, who do not see the need or cannot afford to pay. buy organic produce. Organic pepper production yields 7-10 kilos per square meter, while conventional farming yields 12-16 kilos,” he added.

“Lack of investment in research and development limits agriculture in general. If Spain had the knowledge and implementation capacity of the Netherlands, it could be a world leader in organic agriculture and It is a fact that we depend on Holland for research on crops, seeds, insects, etc. R&D is not an expense in organic farming but a necessary investment, the pillar of its future” said Adolfo Garcia.

Large Spanish horticultural companies are converting all their production to the ecological line. Other companies, cautious but aware of the growing demand, devote only a percentage to organic farming.

“Our most important bet in terms of innovation has been biodynamic cultivation: the balance between land, plants, animals and people, called ‘Farm Organism’. Following our agreements with the Polytechnic University of Madrid , we are part of Plant Response Biotech”, continues the director.

“A 100% ecological or biodynamic production is a risky bet. Our strategy is to cultivate a wide range to diversify the risks and offer varied products. Another strength, cohesion: the commitment is strong in ecological and biodynamic agriculture. If the producers weren’t partners, it would be impossible,” he said.

“Our European customers are stable: Germany, France, Switzerland. These markets have an ecological culture that translates into regular consumption. The Nordic countries follow in volume. Currently the Asian market is growing rapidly. increase in demand for pepper, a Spanish product appreciated abroad. That’s why we keep looking for the ideal seed varieties,” he said.

“Spanish consumers still have a lot to learn about ecological products. Our initiative to raise their awareness goes through Freshvana direct sales so that they can discover the palpable difference that ecological products have: their flavor. In parallel, these short lines drive wholesale sales,” he said. .

Camposeven, located in San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia), devotes 800 hectares exclusively to ecological and biodynamic cultivation in Murcia, Alicante, Granada and Albacete. They produce 21,000 tons per year.

More information:

Adolfo Garcia, director
Ctra. Lo Romero, 33 years old
30740 San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia)
T: +34968178165

[email protected]

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