Cochineal Canary IslandsThey have requested 200 hectares to produce under the newly obtained protected designation of origin and could be created 500 Job positions.

The Association of Breeders and Exporters of cochineal in the Canary Islands, Acecican, It has requested the Government of the Canary Islands and town councils, that they are committed to the recovery of a minimum of 200 hectares of land abandoned to revive the sector, in a plan that aims to create a 500 jobs throughout the archipelago.

Once the Protected Designation of Origin (DOP), Islanders producers met with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the regional government, Abel Morales, for ask the cultivation of cochineal be included in aid Rural Development Plan 2014-2020, He is according to the president of the Association, Lorenzo Pérez, who considered that breeders need only “a push” general government to revive crops and exports.

Perez explained that last 16 February's 2016 guessed “a before and after for the sector”, with the ultimate recognition of Brussels, who he accepted the registration of cochineal Canary Islands in the Community Register of Appellations of Origin.

Lorenzo Pérez, a young farmer in the neighborhood of La Suerte and promoter of the DOP of the Canary cochineal to the Spanish and European institutions, He presented to Deputy Minister of Agriculture regional partnership strategy, What “seeks to consolidate the island productions in international markets, offering, on the one hand, a unique product in the world, and on the other, a potential generating at least 500 new jobs in the sector”.

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“To do this”, added, “we must part of the financial umbrella of the Posei, where our government should begin to develop and manage the budget for each cosechero get a decent wage per hectare under the Designation of Origin”.

This strategy aims “revitalize at least 200 hectares in proportions equal to the seven Canary Islands”. The aim is to reactivate lands have been abandoned, mainly, and that is where the island councils “They have to go on stage”, said the president of Acecican.

Designations of origin, he said, are tools for value creation in rural areas. Through them is achieved protect food quality and consumers with better information regarding production methods and certification of product origin.

Also, rural development is favored allowing producers better market access, the protection of the environment by enhancing natural production methods and more sustainability factors using production. Designations of origin also constitute an element of redistribution value along the production chain.

Shield and logo of the PDO Cochinilla de Canarias, Official registered in the Patent and Trademark Office Ministry of Industry and Trade, captures the essence of culture, one tunera seven pencas cochineal referring to the seven islands and the bottom of it the colors of the flag of the Canary Islands referring to the geographical area.