UPA-Castilla-La Mancha has released third edition of the "Organic Agriculture in Castilla-La Mancha" in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. This third edition features updated statistics and enclosures, providing both manual and technical principles to guide authorities, organic processors, associations, research topics, plant genetic resources and useful addresses. Also includes a pack of real experiences in ecological agriculture and livestock farms in our region, which explains and details how they are growing and raising different species of plants and animals. This is the first publication of its kind to be published in our region. The first two editions of this manual, published in 2003 and 2004 have been depleted due to continued demand from farmers, ranchers, researchers and consumers. "Organic Agriculture in Castilla-La Mancha" has been produced by Heritage Cándido Ballesteros, agronomist, and Remedios Morales Cordero, veterinary technicians both in Ecological Agriculture and Livestock in our region.
in 2005 were certified as organic in Castilla-La Mancha 1074 producers , 76 developers and a surface of 64,691 hectares With these figures Castilla-La Mancha is the fourth region in total area under organic farming, third in the number of producers and ninth by number of processors. The figures show that the number of producers on the ecological total in 2005 of 0'54% and the area in the region to organic farming was 1'37% of UAA compared to 2.48% of average.
Albacete in 2005 was 41% of all producers, Ciudad Real and Toledo on 21% to 19%. Surface also highlighted the three provinces, Toledo with 46%, 27% with Albacete and Ciudad Real with 18%. The pro-ra-do-ers are also the most divided among the three provinces.
The main crops ecological Castilla-La Mancha are cereals and pulses, which has occupied in 2005 14.383, 22% of the total area in production, and with fallows joined more than 40,000 ha is also important ecological olive growing, with 8622 ha, 13% of the total, with 4942 vines Ha (8%) and nuts with 3,987 (6%). The livestock
eco Castilla-La Mancha has not developed as much as agriculture, occupying one of the last places nationally in number of organic farms. In 2005 the region had 40 organic farms, including 18 in Albacete, 9 in Ciudad Real, Toledo 8, 4 and Guadalajra Basin 1EN.
organic livestock production are the most important bovine meat at 12 farms, sheep farms and 9 meat goats milk farms 6, 5 of them in the Sierra del Segura Albacete, and the sheep meat, with 6 farms. Although there are various livestock production: 5 sheep dairy farms, bee 4, 2 goat meat, a hen-do-ras put a beef and milk.
The growth of organic production has increased the number of workers produced , but Castilla-La Mancha is still one of the industries with less ecological, 76 processors in 2005. Highlights the mills and warehouses which account for 57% of the total. Organic produce sold in 2004 is estimated at 17 million euros.