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Lanzarote Promotes Ecological Olive Farming

Jan. 25, 2012
By Pandora Penamil Penafiel

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Under the head­ing of “Ecological Olives in Lanzarote” the Insular Agricultural Service (AgroLanzarote) of Lanzarote has launched a cam­paign to pro­mote the intro­duc­tion of eco­log­i­cal olive cul­ti­va­tion on the island.
The Canary Islands have a very lim­ited pro­duc­tion of olive oil.  On the island of Tenerife 40,000 olive trees have been planted with  some already in pro­duc­tion. On Gran Canaria there are over 20,000 olive trees.

Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canaria islands and stud­ies con­ducted by AgroLanzarote, found the cli­mate of the island suit­able for the devel­op­ment of organic olive groves with a high pro­duc­tiv­ity. So the depart­ment of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Hunting of the island Corporation, headed by Francis Fabelo, has launched this cam­paign open to inter­ested par­ties in Spain.

For the devel­op­ment of the project AgroLanzarote will dis­trib­ute olive trees at a price of 2.70 euros each for the min­i­mum of 300 nec­es­sary to join this cam­paign.

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According to Francisco Fabelo, “olive trees can be very pro­duc­tive, and can gen­er­ate prof­its in the agri­cul­tural sector of the island.” Therefore AgroLanzarote is trying to pro­mote this cul­ture and help farm­ers who ven­ture to try it. The Insular Agricultural Service is hiring tech­ni­cians expe­ri­enced in these olive vari­eties, who can con­trol the plan­ta­tions until they reach pro­duc­tion, with at least three visits per farm per year.

Francisco Fabelo also detailed that the goal of this ini­tia­tive which is to estab­lish pro­duc­tive farms on the island and encour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion among pro­duc­ers. AgroLanzarote wishes also to pro­mote alter­na­tive crops to help diver­sify the island’s econ­omy, and pro­mote new organic farm­ing.

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