Guarantees organic farming
HAVE FULL ACCESS TO ALL SUBSCRIBER ADVANTAGESSign up nowIn an interview with Lusa agency, the president of the Portuguese Organic Agriculture Association (Agrobio) reports a 12% growth between 2014 and 2015 of the area cultivated in organic farming in Portugal (which will currently be around between 240,000 hectares), corresponding to nearly 4,000 producers and 300 processors / processors and a total production value of more than 22 million euros.
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“But surrounds them of 22 million euros that we say that organic farming in Portugal is worth has to do with the companies we know and with whom we contact, there is no exhaustive survey. What we do know is that our associates and partners increased the invoicing amount by 30% last year, “said Jaime Ferreira.
- Certainly, he ” has been evolving well “and” is being clearly drawn by the market, consumer side “, which shows” great interest in having accessible
- organic products “.And, if only about 20% of Portuguese organic production is currently destined for export, specific
- products such as wine and olive oil products have a markedly exporting profile,
selling “90% or more” of production abroad, with the potential for growth at this level being very large, “because today the European market for organic farming is deficient”. According to Agrobio, of the 239,864 hectares of organic farming registered in 2015 in Portugal, 60% was in Alentejo and 26% in Beira Interior, with 80% of the cultivation area being pastures,
arable crops (cereals) and forages (organic crops) linked to animal production or the maintenance of certain environmental characteristics of farms) and only 20% to the production of foodstuffs for direct food consumption or processing. A situation that Jaime Ferreira would like to be reversed in the sense of a greater focus on production ” that would reach the consumer clearly “, namely through
Betting on vegetables and fruits
Get to know organic products better, your agriculture and why the consumption of these foods benefits both the economy, nature and the environment. Great The importance of agriculture and products Organic farming is not just a growing process that culminates in healthy products, with high nutritional value and without any type of contaminants.
This is where I think there should be a considerable part of our future investment in organic farming, because this is, in fact, what the consumer wants more “, he told Lusa. Association of support for unsuitable citizens opens shop with biological productsAssociation of support for unsuitable citizens opens shop with organic productsConviction that this disproportion results in part from” some of the support for agriculture, which is making pasturing easier ,
fodder and arable crops than vegetables, fruits and other types of production “, the president of Ag robio defends the much greater potential of organic fruit production (namely the most traditional ones in Portugal, such as apples, pears, plums, peaches and table grapes), vegetables (especially those most commonly used in soups and salads),
- legumes, dairy products, olive oil, cereals for human consumption and dried fruits (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts). Also important would be a
- national “greater investment” in the area of the transformation of biological products, still residual in Portugal, but which is a “great opportunity” in since, on average,
70% of the offer of organic products stores corresponds to processed products (currently imported) and not to fresh ones. “These are the bets that have to be made”, says Jaime Ferreira. In terms of the development of the organic production market, Jaime Ferreira believes that the National Strategy for Organic Farming – whose public presentation by the Government should take place in March – will be a good opportunity to give “clear indications,
From the point of view of legislation
Production is carried out without the use of genetically modified seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and there is also no generation of waste that pollutes water and soil. Grain For processed articles, such as cosmetics and clothing items, it is prohibited to use in the process manufacturing: radiation, genetically modified ingredients, chemical preservatives (except those provided by law), petroleum products and others.
“, of modalities of direct consumption of organic products.” For example, there should be a clear indication for the canteens of schools and public hospitals to incorporate organic products. These indications are very important, because they give a signal to the producer that it is worth producing, because it will have outlets “, he maintained.
- Since this” environment favorable to the consumption of organic products “is guaranteed, Jaime Ferreira guarantees that farmers” will produce more “and that
- it will be possible to” establish direct contracts with producers “, that “can start to produce closer and cheaper” .Read
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the high values currently practiced to the consumer translate in large part to a high profit margin on the part of the distribution, since “the organic product in the producer or in nearby markets arrives already at values close to conventional products “.The importance of agriculture and organic products
It also contributes to the creation of more balanced ecosystems, helping to preserve biodiversity, natural cycles and soil biological activities. In addition, there is another aspect of organic agriculture that goes beyond preserving the quality of products or the environment [ bb]. It is a great ally of low-volume agriculture, such as family farming. The application of agroecological principles in small rural properties manages to increase its economic-financial sustainability,
increasing the benefits for the farmer, his independence in the use of non-renewable energies and the preservation of their cultural identity and health condition, since they do not make use of elements harmful to man. Thus, it is clear that the benefits of consuming organic products are not reflected only in our health. In fact, when we choose these products