Malaga, June 15, 2018.
Asaja Málaga presented this morning at the Centro Experimental la Mayora the Operational Group “Diagnosis and solutions for organic production of tropical fruits”. It is a group that aims to combine the work of different branches of the subtropical sector to improve the diagnosis and ecological production of these crops.
The event was inaugurated by Enrique Moriones, Director of La Mayora, who has stressed the need to create this type of operating groups to “facilitate the fluidity of those involved” and that in this way the applied knowledge of all the work is fostered research”.
Next, Benjamín Faulí, from Asaja Málaga, detailed the details of the creation of this Operating Group, in 2016, and revealed its objectives, which include facilitating consultations with technicians in the sector, promoting training activities , sponsor commercial and associative work, explore export routes, pest control and diversification of the sector.
Iñaki Hormaza, from La Mayora, has lectured on the role of research in operational groups and has highlighted the idea that we are the “only producers in Europe”, and despite this we find ourselves with “big problems, such as water, pests, low productivity, varietal diversity, imports, etc. ”. Hormaza has also negatively assessed the scarce work on brand image that has been developed on Spanish subtropical products.
At the end, Benjamín Faulí made a presentation in which he highlighted the state of organic farming in Europe and highlighted the problems in the sector. In this sense, he has reported the legal procedures at the community and national level that regulate what or who can certify inputs for use in organic production and the most relevant statistics of the sector. ”Faulí has also presented the lack of commercial strategies as a great handicap to the time to publicize and improve the products of Spain.
The Asaja technician has finished his intervention by recalling that the period to insure mango and avocado crops is open until the end of the month (June 30), and has stressed the importance of carrying out these insurances.
As a culmination of the day, a round table was held with the main representatives of the sector: Clara Báez, from Montosa fruits, David Sarmiento from Trops, Martín Haro from Reyes Gutiérrez, Jorge Bara from Millenium, Eduardo Zamorano from Organic Production of the Board from Andalusia, Iñaki Hormaza from La Mayora, Antonio Pérez de Frunet, José Carlos Varela from Bioalgarrobo, Juan de Dios García from La era Ecológica, and José Antonio Fernández de Ceres.
Ecological Certification. Moderated by the journalist Agustín Peláez, the participants have been reeling off their work on organic farming, their concerns about marketing aspects and product viability issues.