FMHOY - Fuerteventura
The councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Waters of the Canarian Government, Narvay Quintero, recently indicated that in order to be competitive, the sub-sector of the extra virgin olive oil of the Canaries “must stay united and concentrate on the differentiated quality”. M. Quintero participated in the first encounter of autonomous producers that took place last month in Fuerteventura where 40 of them gathered.
They came mostly from Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife and also from the islands of La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote, in order to share their experiences, studies and analysis that were also brought in by technicians from the autonomous Government and other administrations.
The event, promoted by the Canarian Institute of Food Quality (ICCA) in collaboration with Fuerteventura's Cabildo was the opportunity to analyse the current and future situation of a sector that is growing in the archipelago, whose surface has grown 226% over the past 5 years, which is the reason why it was included in the Support Community Programme for Agricultural productions in the Canaries (POSEI) and received a compensation of 220.000 for the 2018 campaign. Narvay Quintero was accompanied by the president of Fuerteventura's Cabildo, Marcial Morales, the island's Agriculture councillor, Juan Estárico Quintana, the director of the ICCA, José Díaz Flores, the mayor of Puerto del Rosario, Nicolás Gutiérrez and the director of the Livestock Department, David de Vera.
According to the latest data from the Canarian Statistics Institute (ISTAC), in 2016 Gran Canaria was the island where this activity was the most present with 154 hectares, followed by Fuerteventura (81) and Tenerife (75), with a lower presence on the rest of the islands. The Canarian Government has been supporting this sub-sector, as well as its incorporation in POSEI with its promotion during the Official Agrocanarias Contest or the activity that the ICCA and the Canarian Rural Environment Management carry out in fairs such as the recent ITB in Berlin, the Gourmets Fair, Gastrocanarias, Gran Canaria me gusta, etc.