Almost 23,000 ha with biological control in Spanish province of Almeria

The territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Aránzazu Martín Moya, has highlighted "the huge commitment of the Government of Andalusia to promote the development of integrated production; a sustainable system that guarantees environmental protection, quality and safety for the producers."

Martín, who attended a Conference on Biological Control and Integrated Production in Protected Horticultural Crops, stressed that "biological control serves to guarantee the sustainability of the productions, while allowing you to meet current consumer tastes, given the growing trend to purchase foods produced in a more natural way."

He also stressed the importance of this kind of meeting between technicians from the administration and the agricultural sector in Almería, "so as to continue moving towards a more sustainable agriculture."

During the event, the head of the Integrated Production Unit of the Department for Plant Health of the Delegation, María Paz Rodríguez, stressed the importance of Biological Control and Integrated Production in Protected Horticultural Crops (pepper, tomato, eggplant, courgette, cucumber, melon, watermelon, green beans) in Almería. The province now has 22,700 hectares with biological control implemented. Of these, 9,933 hectares have Integrated Production. There are 4,604 producers applying these techniques grouped in 29 APIs (Integrated Production Groups) and advised by 122 competent technicians.


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