Organic agriculture has grown "steadily" in Andalusia in 2006 to over half a million hectares (520,000), representing a 10.5 per cent of the utilized agricultural area and placed at the top of Europe in absolute and relative terms, as “Los verdes” say.
A communique of this training indicated that 6.5 percent of Andalusia already enjoys an ecological management, adapted to climate and soil conditions, which plays important roles not only in health, food production and quality but also the economy and the environment in rural areas.
According to Manuel González de Molina, director of organic agriculture and a member of the Board Secretariat “Los Verdes”, the strong dynamics of the sector in Spain has allowed Spain being placed third in Europe, becoming one of the more important countries, both from the standpoint of production and export.
He also stressed that small and medium farmers are being incorporated into the sector, perhaps because organic agriculture is becoming a "realistic enough alternative to the crisis facing the profitability of agriculture in general"
González de Molina further stressed that organic agriculture contributes 12.5 percent to the overall employment environment that is generated in Andalusia, being the third largest sector, after the waste management and energy sector according to the Ministry of Environment.
“These figures show that this activity is no longer a marginal or minority sector, a mark of quality to become one of the most important and dynamic, its capacity for innovation, employment and business in Andalusian agriculture" he said.
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