Organic Farming In Valencia Is Growing Faster Than Anywhere Else In Spain

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, organic farming in Valencia is growing four times faster than the rest of the country.

Organic farming in Valencia Community has grown faster than the national average in the last five years, with an increase of 81.2 percent between 2016 and 2020, compared to 20.7 percent in Spain. During this time, the number of organic farming operators at the regional level has increased by 46.1 percent, while the national figure is 25.9 percent.

This information is one of the most interesting parts of the Ministry of Agriculture’s recent Ecological Production Report, which collects data from all autonomous regions. The Ministry made the report public on Wednesday.

According to the data, the total organic turnover in the Community in 2020 was €626 million euros, representing 19.6 percent of the national total of €3,185 billion. Although it does not make headlines, this figure indicates organic farming as the area with the highest year-on-year growth, not just in the last year, but over the last five years.

Valencian Community is still far from the top of the list, ranking fourth in terms of certified area, trailing Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, and especially Andalusia, with more than  one million hectares. Organic farming in Valencia currently occupies 146,757 hectares, but this figure is steadily increasing year after year.

However, this is an area with significant growth when compared to the national average, and it is to be expected that Valencia will rise even higher on the list sooner or later. Only in 2020, a year not known for growth, organic farming in Valencia increased by 14.7 percent, or 11 percent more than the national average. On a national scale, the country has committed 10% of its useful agricultural area to organic farming, with Valencia already at 18%.

With 3,861 producers, the province is also the fourth most populous in Valencia in terms of organic farming operators. Andalusia tops the list with 17,721 producers, accounting for 33.2 percent of the national total of 53,325 producers.

The most rapid growth was seen in the olive and vegetable farming industries. Organic olive production increased 12.3 percent in 2020, while organic vegetable production increased 10.2 percent. Organic citrus farming is also increasing, as is organic wine production (8 percent of total) and organic nut production (13 percent of the total).

Source: Valencia Plaza

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