Organic sector grows in Andalusia
In this article we are going to focus specifically on ecological operators and their impact in Andalusia. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, these operators have grown by 5% compared to 2018. The total of ecological operators amounts to 9,187 men (57%), 4,124 women (25%) and 2,824 legal entities. (18%). Also, in 2019, the ecological surface has increased with respect to 2018, increasing 4% from 1,024,430 hectares in 2018 to 1,065,260 hectares in 2019. Among the crops that have increased, the olive grove leads in Andalusia the area dedicated to organic crops with 76,761 hectares, followed by cereals, legumes and industrial crops with 78,362 hectares and nuts with 65,639 hectares. Breaking down all this information in communities, Granada and Córdoba stand out for having 24% of the ecological agricultural area, which in the province of Granada is dominated by nuts with 35,062 hectares and in the case of Córdoba it is the olive grove with 26,788 hectares. In the case of Almería, dry fruits and vegetables stand out with 24,861 and 3,754 hectares respectively. In the cases of Seville and Huelva, we find that the most predominant product is the olive grove with 21,137 and 8,793 hectares respectively. As we can see, the olive grove is one of the products that has grown the most in recent years in ecological surface and with it the highest quality EVOOs and also in ecological EVOO, which being the community with the most production in EVOO, will be good for the competitiveness of the region and more in these times when there is global competition.