Isabel García Tejerina stressed that the Spanish production has great quality in general and a broad representation of differentiated quality by the origin and method of production. “There are 28 virgin olive oils inscribed in the Community register as Protected Designations of Origin (PDO), four more than a year ago, representing a quarter part of the total area of olive groves. And we have 168,000 hectares of organic farming, the second largest area using this method following the cereal”, she explained.
Also, the Minister noted that olive grove and olive oil are “strategic for Spain and for the Government” and after two and a half yeard of legislature, “we have worked, both in Europe and at the national level, to ensure a sustainability future for this sector”.
“The agreement for the implementation of direct payments in the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is clearly beneficial to the Spanish olive grove. It provides the flexibility to allow the transit of the current system of historical rights to the new basic payment scheme, in the context of stability and certainty required by the sector in the long term”, she stated.Spanish Government wants to promote the enormous potential of olive oil,