Monday, January 24

José Antonio Rico stands for re-election as president of the Organic Agriculture Committee

A farmer works on his organic grape farm in Pinoso
Axel Alvarez

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors will present candidates made up of professional people for the elections to the Committee of Ecological Agriculture of the Valencian Community (CAECV) on November 9 and with the endorsement of having promoted in this last stage the greatest growth of organic farming in history and different improvements for all operators.

The list to the census A of producers tops it again Jose Antonio Rico, current president of CAECV and organic table grape producer from Novelda; followed by Jesús Sanchis, Domingo García and Fernando Robres. In the B census of manufacturing companies, the following are located in the first places: Productos Ecológicos Sanz, Organic Valencia Union, Vinos Sierra Norte and Alterbio. For the C census of importing companies, the list of LA UNIÓ is headed by Cofrudeca.

During the previous presidency of LA UNIÓ, he ensures that the prestige and recognition of CAECV has been recovered, both among the different operators and in society, with a new and modern, more competitive and efficient business structure that has allowed us to be more agile and efficient to face the future challenges demanded by the organic food market. The data for the 2016-2020 period reflects this with the 46% growth in the number of operators registered in the CAECV (in Spain, 25.90%) and the increase in the certified organic area by 81% (Spain, 20%)

The CAECV has been a key entity in the agrarian policy of the Ministry of Agriculture for the preparation and implementation of the I Valencian Plan for Ecological Production and, currently, it is already in the preparation of the II Plan. It has also contributed to the implementation and free processing and close to the operators of the annual aid of the Ministry of Agriculture for which, with an approximate budget of € 1,000,000, it has allowed to lower the cost to the operators of the certification of organic production.

During this period, an area of ​​promotion, communication and institutional relations has been incorporated that has allowed the creation of bridges of communication with the sector and society, informing through whatsapp, emails, web and social networks of information related to the CAECV. Likewise, the CAECV headquarters have been rehabilitated and modernized with the signing of a 25-year transfer agreement and with a technological improvement for a better service to operators, after providing the workforce with computer tools and vehicles to be efficient before the operators. In this sense, the CAECV website has been modified, becoming the reference for information and procedures for operators, avoiding travel and streamlining processes. The participation in fairs for the promotion of certified products and contact with operators through regional meetings.

Jose Antonio Rico Information

The candidacies of LA UNIÓ for the CAEV bet on the public certification as the most efficient mechanism to guarantee an adjusted cost, a quality certification and an honesty of the results and thus it will work if it is chosen to continue with the achievement of the reduction of the certification costs for the operators, as well as study the feasibility to introduce an entrance fee to the CAECV based on the operator’s billing.

Some of the new proposals go through the implementation on the web of a consultation system for active materials authorized in organic farming depending on the crop and pest or disease to combat, as well as a “Operator mailbox” to collect proposals for improving the operation of the CAECV and inquiries from the operators for their resolution. It is also expected to institutionalize “The day of the operator”, an annual meeting for the recognition of people and companies that contribute to the promotion of the implementation of certified organic agriculture.

LA UNIÓ also wishes to promote and promote organic farming through specific support in the new territorial interventions of the new CAP, supporting the uniqueness of food for organic farming and publishing a guide on organic farming. Routes of a sectorial and municipal nature are also planned to make the operators and the environment where they carry out the activity known. Regarding certification, it will be studied to create an additional certification that can highlight the producers who carry out differentiated actions in their exploitation to improve diversity and efficiency of them and the environment.

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