Grufesa was the head office in which, for two days, the Institute of Agricultural, Fisheries, Agrifood and Organic Production Research and Training (Ifapa), dependent on the Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development Council, analysed different aspects of production involved to obtain an environmentally friendly fruit. Accordingly, Ifapa’s Manager in Huelva, Juan Jesús Medina, assured that “the markets are increasingly demanding sustainable fruit”.
Grufesa already has the 100% of its hectares covered by sustainable production programs such as Food Chain Partnership, a program of Bayer CropScience, and IG4 Agronomía, a program that controls every single drop of irrigation water, as well as the exact use of nutrients the plant needs. “The sector walks towards this production system and our clients are demanding lower residue limits each time” mentioned Medina.
On the other hand, this conference informed the experts of the almost 80 attending companies, not only from Huelva’s red berries sector, but also from French organizations and other autonomous regions, about “the best way of managing biological control”.
The second day of this conference was devoted to the strawberry farming soil disinfection. “We revealed all the information of the ‘Transforma’ program, developed by Ifapa. We handle information from the beginning of the season until the first week of May” explained the manager of Ifapa’s centre in Huelva. They displayed results from the agricultural point of view (productions, dead plants, etc.) and from the soil fungi point of view, showing the efficiency of the different disinfection techniques (chemical and non-chemical).