Andalusia Plans an Olive Oil Center in Jaén

The center would help improve regional olive oil quality, invest in harvesting and processing technology and improve traceability.
Jaén, Spain
Feb. 16, 2022
Ephantus Mukundi

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The Andalusian regional gov­ern­ment and Fundación Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero have signed an agree­ment to cre­ate the Olive Oil Reference Center in Mengíbar, Jaén.

The ref­er­ence cen­ter with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy is esti­mated to cost €7.3 mil­lion.

We have to develop a ref­er­ence cen­ter that allows us not only to work on qual­ity and trace­abil­ity but also to ana­lyze costs and the evo­lu­tion of crops to know the sit­u­a­tion of the sec­tor.- Carmen Crespo, Adalusian min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture, live­stock, fish­eries and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment

The Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development is keen to pro­mote the ref­er­ence cen­ter and cre­ate more oppor­tu­ni­ties in the olive sec­tor through these types of pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships.

Carmen Crespo, the regional agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, said the cen­ter would help Andalusia posi­tion itself as a glob­ally renowned bench­mark in food safety, qual­ity, trace­abil­ity and pro­duc­tion con­trol.

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We have to develop a ref­er­ence cen­ter that allows us not only to work on qual­ity and trace­abil­ity but also to ana­lyze costs and the evo­lu­tion of crops to know the sit­u­a­tion of the sec­tor,” Crespo said.

By set­ting up the ref­er­ence cen­ter, the regional gov­ern­ment intends to make the Mengíbar facil­ity a com­mu­nity and national point of ref­er­ence for con­trol­ling olive oil qual­ity.

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Additionally, the cen­ter will pro­vide the Andalusian olive sec­tor with the knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy to inves­ti­gate and ana­lyze the qual­ity of olive oils in the region and world­wide.

Jaén has to be a ref­er­ence in the olive oil field,” Crespo said. If we talk about qual­ity and oil, we have to talk unques­tion­ably about Jaén.”

She also recalled that the province of Jaén is famous for pro­duc­ing extra vir­gin olive oils pro­tected by three Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

Our oblig­a­tion that of the sec­tor, of the Fundación Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero and of the Andalusian gov­ern­ment is to con­tribute what we can to the sec­tor and take more steps every day so that it has a promis­ing future,” she said.

Rafael Sánchez de Puerta, the pres­i­dent of the Fundación Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero, said that Andalusia is an undis­puted global leader in olive oil pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing, and the new research cen­ter would cement this.

Now we have to work on the image and take the mes­sage to the whole world that talk­ing about olive oil is talk­ing about Spain, Andalusia and Jaén,” he con­cluded.



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