Faced with the difference between the price that producers earn and the price at which food costs, Farmers from all over the country have started to “sponsor” their trees to trade their fruit without intermediaries.bring the agricultural process closer to the “urban” market and combat depopulation.
The same idea has emerged in different parts of the country, and this new system, which tries to prevent the abuse of intermediaries, has caused olive, orange and almond trees to be “sponsored”.
The initiative comes from farming families, rural areas, they know the problems that the countryside is currently facing and envision a gray future; are the producers who have decided to offer these trees to shed light on the future of the sector.
A few years ago, the first projects with significant success appeared. In order to “provide a solution to the problem of population decline”, a Already in 2014 in Oliete (Teruel), the sponsorship project has managed to save around 15,000 olive trees to date.
According to Alberto Alfonso Pordomingo, creator of Apadrina un Olivo, “population preservation is possible” in rural areas, and even more so when a project like it promotes agricultural work and supports the “urbanite” connection with the environment.
How can you sponsor a tree? You can choose an olive tree online and choose whether to give it for himself or someone else: then, when the process is done, the customer will be able to buy the oil obtained from that tree at home. when the harvest is over.
For its creator, as explained in the statements to Efeagro, this initiative succeeds in protecting both the population and crops in these rural areas, and also collaborates with social associations to help groups at risk of social exclusion.
Almond: tree to house
This is not the only case. In the Sierra de Irta (Castellón)At the foot of the Mediterranean, between the municipalities of Peñíscola and Alcossebre, are the orange trees of José Manuel Escuder, a farmer who decided only a few years ago that the “beauty” of his land and almond trees should be. shown.
This is how his relative, Eulogio Pascual, who is responsible for launching the website for adopting almond trees, explains it.
This idea aims to “more involve” consumers in the production process so that they know when and how to harvest, as well as promote the close product: “Almonds go from the tree to your home,” she adds..
The product offered by these farmers is that consumers pay for the maintenance of the tree and in return receive the fruit when they are ready.
Valencia oranges looking for godfather
There is another family project that emerged a few months before the two brothers left the Valencian Community, owning their oranges and tangerines from two separate regions.
The first is in Les Coves de Vinromà, where they grow the orange varieties Navel Fukumoto and Lane Late, and the Clemenules and Afourer tangerines, and the second is in Vinarós, where orange varieties such as Washington and Navel and tangerines are grown.
It costs 70 euros a year to sponsor these orange trees And with that amount, they can oversee and learn about their implementation process through an online calendar, as A. María Andreu Barro explained to Efeagro.
Also, if the tree experiences any setbacks during the sponsorship, the client is offered an annual harvest of any of the existing ones until the newly planted tree produces, as explained.
This initiative for Andreu It is a way for consumers to “see the work behind the food” and have “fresh produce”. guarantees that they will see the difference with those who go through more transactions on the chain until they reach the store.
Consumers who contribute to the survival of family farming and the promotion of the social fabric through olive, orange or almond trees.
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