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Plans for Olive Oil Research Institute in Jaén Come One Step Closer to Fruition

Jul. 20, 2021
Paolo DeAndreis

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The University of Jaén is one step closer to cre­at­ing its new Academic Institute of Olive and Olive Oil Research after the Andalusian University Council agreed to issue a favor­able report in favor of its cre­ation.

The insti­tute will lead the research, devel­op­ment and inno­va­tion over all aspects [of olive and olive oil research]… pro­mot­ing a net­work of researchers who work for a deeper under­stand­ing of olives and olive oils while coop­er­at­ing with all the sub­jects involved in the sec­tor,” the uni­ver­sity said in a press release.

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“[Our goal is to] give birth to inno­va­tion that will allow us to intro­duce upgrades in all the dif­fer­ent phases of the pro­duc­tion cycle,” uni­ver­sity offi­cials added. That is to favor mod­ern­iza­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and stronger pro­duc­tiv­ity for the sec­tor.”

The plans to cre­ate the new insti­tute now move to the Andalusian gov­ern­ment, which is expected to approve them.

Once cre­ated, the goal of the insti­tute will be to help inno­vate the processes of olive farm­ing, har­vest­ing and oil pro­duc­tion, make research more effi­cient and cre­ate a coop­er­a­tive net­work of aca­d­e­mics and pro­fes­sion­als in the sec­tor.

Situated in Jaén, the new insti­tute will be located at the very heart of Spanish olive oil pro­duc­tion. In the 2020/21 crop year, the small Andalusian province pro­duced as much olive oil as Italy, Portugal and Greece com­bined.

In gen­eral, Andalusia is by far the most rel­e­vant Spanish olive farm­ing region. Throughout its his­tory, the num­ber of olive grove areas in the autonomous com­mu­nity has risen and shrank.

Since 1888, Andalusia has seen its olive groves increase from 1.1 mil­lion hectares to 2.5 mil­lion, accord­ing to data from UNESCO. Over the same period, the province of Jaén has seen its olive groves triple in size, grow­ing from 190,000 hectares to 600,000 hectares.

With its 70 mil­lion olive trees, Andalusia is respon­si­ble for about 30 per­cent of the global olive oil pro­duc­tion, and 20 per­cent for table olive pro­duc­tion.





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