According to a statistics given by Biofach in Germany, one of the weightiest environmental fairs in Europe, Spain has 1.25 million hectares of agricultural lands. About two thirds of this amount is belonged to Andalusia. An immediate concurrent is Italy. It has 10,000 hectares of organic less than Spain.
The growth of agricultural sector of Andalusia amounted more then 30 per cent in 2008. As a result, there are more than 8 thousand companies appurtenant to a rural economy of the region. The growth has created a plenty of new workplaces. The owners of farms had been inclined to hire foreign workers till the beginning of global economical crisis in the end of 2008. The amount of employees from other countries had exceeded 95 per cent of total. However, the owners are planning to hire up to 40 per cent of workers from locals in 2009. According to the words of Jose Roman, the boss of Junta Organic Agriculture, the global financial crises practically hasn’t influenced on agricultural sector of Spanish economics.
In spite of huge value of producing organic, inhabitants of Andalusia buy fruit and vegetables to the amount of 6 euros annually. This is a really scanty number in comparison with about 50 euros a year in average in Europe.
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