In the search for a profitable alternative to potato and cereal growing in the province of Orense, vegetable production and improved production techniques have emerged as a viable solution for many farmers.
In the municipality of Xunqueira de Ambía, José Antonio Rubio, from Productos Naturales Bustelo, has been working for more than five years in cabbage production, as well as growing onion, maize, wheat and potato. For Rubio, organization and training have been fundamental in starting his activity.
In Piñeira Seca, Rubén Rodríguez Gómez, a young man of 28, inherited the work in the fields from his parents, potato and cereal producers, but he decided to continue with the profession adapting it to the new times. Before beginning to work, Rubén decided to train professionally with a professional cycle he did in Coristanco and start his own business, more adapted to current times.
Rubén is currently growing onion, cabbage, white cabbage, leek, pepper, tomato, aubergine and chard in the open field. "They need more labour, but they are more profitable. Prices don't fluctuate as much from one year to the next, they are more stable", explains the grower. "I distribute all my merchandise through Orense and O Carballiño", he adds.
"In the greenhouse, I also have hydroponic crops of lettuce, tomatoes and peppers," he says. "I personally think it's the future," he adds. Rubén Rodríguez confirms that this type of crop reduces the amount of herbicides and fertilizers needed to produce on the land.