On on January 24th, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia; Rafael Olvera, general director of Agricultural and Livestock Production; Francisco José Romero Rico, government delegate in Huelva, and Rosa Ríos, general director of Agroalimentary Chain and Industries, visited Planasa’s facilities in Cartaya (Huelva). This visit is part of the meeting with companies that acquire berries, whose objective is to know first hand the latest technological innovations in new varieties and share their concerns for the 2018 campaign.
On behalf of Planasa, Federico Crespo, general director for Europe, and Miguel Ángel Hidalgo, corporate director of R&D, were in charge of greeting the authorities and guiding the visit with Elena Sáenz, director of the National Association of Vegetable Producers (ANOVE). In his welcome speech, Crespo explained that the vegetal improvement of plants -also called plant production- “is an essential activity with huge economic significance, highly technological and based on the research and development of new plant varieties, thanks to which we can respond to consumer demand while respecting the economic, environmental and social sustainability of any food chain.” For example, thanks to plant production, varieties of greater flavor and durability are being achieved, which allows for red fruits to be available in the market for 9 months a year.
From left to right: Elena Sáenz, director of Anove; Miguel Ángel Hidalgo, Planasa’s corporate director of R&D; Rafael Olvera, General Director of Agricultural and Livestock Production and Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.
On his behalf, the counselor said that the commitment to R&D and the search for new varieties is one of the reasons why red fruits are an “unquestionable” economic engine for the province of Huelva and the “spearhead” of Andalusian agriculture.
At the same time, Sánchez Haro mentioned the important role played by beneficiary organizations such as Planasa when it comes to facing these “constant challenges” through innovation and research with new varieties. Not in vain, as it stands, the seed and nursery plants producing sector is the one that allocates more resources and personnel when investing, in some cases, up to 30% of its income. “It is the industry that most supports R&D,” he concluded.
The participants in the visit had the opportunity to get to know the main lines of research in which they are working at the moment, and that give rise to more varieties with a longer shelf life, more resilient to transport, with more flavor and greater firmness, among other advances.
This meeting of companies that acquire red fruit was organized by ANOVE, a company associated with Planasa.