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Minister for Rural Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg on summer tour

Germany: Peter Hauk visits island of Reichenau

The minister for Rural Affairs visited the vegetable island of Reichenau during his summer tour. Reichenau faces major changes; for vegetable cultivation on this World Heritage island requires modern greenhouses. While at the same time unprofitable and old-fashioned greenhouses need to be dismantled.

Photo: Island Reichenau

The minister first went to the town hall for more information about the current status of the development of the community in Reichenau. Afterwards he went to a location on the middle of the vegetable island to assess a possible new greenhouse development.

After a short stop on Mainau, the flower island, Beuren a horticultural settlement was next on the programme. Under the expert guidance of Mathias Keller, a horticulturist and the CEO of the cooperative Reichenau-vegetables, the minister was informed about sweet peppers and aubergines grown in Hegau. 

Since 2012 the healthy Hegau sweet peppers have found their way to consumers in Baden-Wuerttemberg. "The cooperation with the supermarket chain EDEKA ensures that regional production is also sold in the area", states the director of the cooperative, Johannes Bliestle. The minister himself saw and experienced the facility's modern equipment.

Photo: Minister Peter Hauck with Joachim Hauck (the ministry’s head of agriculture), Mathias Keller (sweet pepper grower) and Andreas Jung.

Photo: Minister Peter Hauck sorts baby peppers

The last stop on the minister’s trip was Aach. Since 2014 the Wagner family has operated the largest organic greenhouse in the state on the island of Reichenau. On the 30,000 square metres, Bioland quality organic tomatoes and cucumbers are grown. The minister was impressed by the explanation of the owner Benjamin Wagner and he praised his entrepreneurial spirit and courage. It became clear during the conversation that organic farming is not simple and that the risks are much higher than with conventional cultivation.

For more information, clips, and photos about Reichenau-vegetables and the horticultural settlements go

For more information:

Reichenau-Gemüse eG (Reichenau-vegetables)
Marktstr. 1
78479 Reichenau
Phone +49-(0)7534-9200-0
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