The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Rodrigo Sanchez Haro, He has invited small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) agroalimentarias "not slow down" in their efforts to modernize "to grow, increase competitiveness and generate, thus, added value ". This has been manifested throughout his visit to the facilities of Cuadraspania, Cuevas de Almanzora (Almería), where he highlighted the 44,9 million euros granted to these entities 2017 to back up 113 transformation projects, marketing and product development that will mobilize a 100 million and contribute, according to forecasts, the consolidation of a 5.000 jobs and creating other 900.
Haro Sanchez stressed the importance of incentives that delve into "fundamental" aspects such as innovation and promotion, food security and sustainability. These are, precisely, the objectives that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has launched the call for aid for the modernization of agroindustrial tissue, endowed with a total budget of 108,1 million (more than triple than originally planned) and it includes, next to SMEs, two other lines, one specifically for the olive sector and another aimed at large companies. These incentives will be supplemented in 2018 with a new call for these three lines.
Within the SME support, the 113 beneficiary, among which is Cuadraspania, add a global turnover of more than 1.000 million and are an engine of development in rural areas of eight provinces. more than 60% of total incentives concentrated, in fact, in 70 municipalities with less than 25.000 people. In the case of Almería, They have subsidized 15 projects account for a volume of aid 5,8 million.
incentives, framed within the Rural Development Program (PDR) Andalusia 2014-2020 and co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (75%) and regional and national authorities (17,5% and 7,5%), cover, in most cases, half the cost of investments. They address from the modernization of marketing channels and procedures for handling and processing to the presentation of products, the application of new technologies and diversification of production; and the implementation of quality management systems, improving traceability and energy efficiency or reuse of products.
Andalusian tissue agroindustrial
Andalucía accounted for just over 7.000 food and beverage companies (SMEs more than 90% cases), which constitute the largest industrial subsector of the autonomous community in terms of employment (above 46.000 occupied) and the second in added value, behind only extractive. The Billing, in this point, exceeds 14.000 million. The importance of agroindustrial tissue region, ultimately, as concluded by the owner of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, It is "unquestionable". Not for nothing, These figures represent around 24% employment, the 21% revenue and 18% the added value of the Andalusian industry.
Cuadraspania, incorporated Cuevas Almanzora (Almería) in 1997 and with an annual turnover of around 16 million, It specializes in the production of endive and developed new product lines, as lettuce hearts and violet artichokes. It has an area of more than 400 hectares of open field and maintains a staff of 270 workers. It has granted, within the framework of incentives for agribusiness SMEs, aid 226.975 euros which covers an investment of 453.951 euros and has benefited, in the previous Community framework, two grants 239.255 and 176.657 euros from the Rural Development Group (GDR) Levante Almeriense for the modernization of its facilities.