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SPAIN 16% of Canarian agricultural acreage is now organic.

Organic agriculture continues to make progress in the Canary Islands, while at the same time raising interest amongst producers, processors, traders and consumers. In the Canary Islands, more than 1,000 operators are devoted to organics, which corresponds to 16% of the Islands' agricultural acreage.

The Canary Islands have devoted 6,564 hectares to organic agriculture. From those, 5,210 are used for pasture and fodder cultivation, 451 hectares for vineyards, and 372 hectares for fruit, mainly bananas and avocados.

The island of El Hierro is where organic production has become more extended, with 4,597 hectares, from which 4,518 are devoted to pasture and fodder. It is followed by Tenerife, with 920 hectares; La Palma, with 343 hectares; Gran Canaria, with 298 hectares; Fuerteventura, with 202 hectares; Lanzarote, with 175 hectares; and La Gomera, with 26 hectares.

The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 kilometres west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.

New machinery for the processing of pineapples The island council of El Hierro, Spain, reported that the testing for recently acquired machinery for pineapple processing is showing good results. The new machinery will enable El Hierro's tropical pineapple producers to have access to new possibilities for the selling of this fruit, which has become the island's main intensive crop.

The main innovation introduced by the machinery is a peeler, which has been specially adapted to the format of El Hierro's tropical pineapples.

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Publication:Pakistan Food Journal
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:Dec 31, 2013
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