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[The Community will allocate 14 million in 2021 to the new call for aid to maintain organic farming (28/12/2020)

| The previous call, paid during 2020, has benefited 1,578 farmers | The counselor Antonio Luengo visits Yecla and holds meetings with viticulturists and winemakers in the wine sector The regional government will issue in the first months of 2021 a new call for aid for the maintenance of organic agriculture in the Murcia Region, one of the measures included in the Rural Development Program and which will be equipped with 14 million euros. The subsidy will be used to maintain ecological agriculture, improve the conservation of biodiversity and the environment, and tackle the fight against climate change, "objectives that are consistent with the Regional Government lines for agriculture of the present and the future ”, according to the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment, Antonio Luengo.

In this way, "we advance in supporting and supporting farmers, providing tools so that they can continue towards a sustainable, efficient model, committed to the environment and that continues to provide quality products," explained the counselor, who He recalled that "this encourages the recovery and maintenance of soil fertility and its natural balance, the conservation of biological diversity and the reduction of air pollution, waterways and soil ".

Luengo recalled that in the previous call, paid in 2020, 1,578 farmers from 30 municipalities of the Region benefited, with a total amount of 8.8 million euros, from the citrus, vineyard, olive sectors , herbs, table grapes, nuts and aromatic plants. Currently, there are around 3,000 registered organic farmers in the Region and around 400 industries certified for transformation and commercialization.

In 2013 there was a quantity of close to 60,000 hectares of certified crops under organic production standards and currently there are already 80,000, which represents about 20 percent of the area dedicated to crops, which makes the Region of Murcia the autonomous community with the highest proportion of cultivated land certified as organic, as well as the European region with the highest percentage dedicated to these crops. 90 percent of the production goes to foreign trade.

Thus, the organic products of the Region of Murcia are sold mainly in destinations of the European Union, on all countries of the center and north (Germany, France, United Kingdom or countries n rdic).

However, the domestic market is one of the ones that has been experiencing the most growth in recent years. Yecla Wine Denomination of Origin The announcement of this line of aid was announced by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment during his visit to the municipality of Yecla, where he met with viticulturists and winemakers from the wine sector, together with the Mayor of the town, Marcos Ortuño.

The Yecla Wine Protected Denomination of Origin currently has 334 registered winegrowers and 4,479 hectares of cultivation, in addition to nine wineries.

Regarding the marketing of the 2019-2020 campaign, it was 4.7 million liters, of which 4.37 million were exported and slightly more than 362,000 liters were destined for the national market.

The main destinations include Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, the United States, China and Switzerland. "We are talking about a particularly tough year in which our winegrowers and winemakers have had to face great challenges such as the uncertainty with Brexit in the United Kingdom, the tariffs of the United States or the incidence of Covid-19, so that the regional government has wanted to be by their side to boost consumption and sales through the promotional campaigns 'Momentos ConVinados' or the one recently presented that will allow PDOs to cross borders and gain a presence abroad ”.

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