Spain: organic surface increases by 8% in 2018 (IT)

28/08/2019
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In 2018 the Spanish organic UAA reached 2,246,474.5 hectares, an increase of 8% compared to the previous year: an announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA),which published  the anticipation of sector data for the past year. In 2018, the number of organic operators reached 44,282, 6% more than the previous year, of which 39,505 were producers; 4,627 processors; and other retailers, importers and exporters.

As for organic farms, although there is a moderate but continuing growth – it was +1.68% in 2018 compared to the previous year -  MAPA reports an increase of 14.94%  in sheep's milk, 14.86% in dairy cattle and 11.51% in pigs.

As for processing, the data for 2018 show considerable progress, with 7,670 holdings linked to plant production (+15.13% compared to 2017), and 1,216 holdings linked to animal production (+ 5.65%).

In the last 10 years the surface dedicated to organic production did not stop increasing, with almost a million hectares growth in the 2008-2018 period, a figure that, for several years now, has made Spain the European country with the largest organic surface, among the first also worldwide.

Organic foods, increasingly in demand

The MAPA underlines how the organic production method plays a dual social role, providing on the one hand organic products with a specific market that responds to growing consumer demand and, on the other hand, providing society with goods that contribute to protecting the environment, animal welfare and rural development, in line with the Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals.

The Ministry's studies indicate that, in the future, the expansion of consumption and demand for organic products will continue, a general trend in all the most advanced countries of the EU. Although the per capita expenditure in Spain is still low, the upward trend continues, standing at € 46.5 per inhabitant per year, a double figure compared to € 21.85 spent on organic products in 2013.

The detailed MAPA press release can be downloaded HERE.

 

Source: Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación

 

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