The Minister of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Rosa Aguilar, COATO-delivery today in the framework of the XXII Awards 'Food of Spain' 2009 which acknowledges the work of professionals and organizations involved in the food chain, organic farming and environmental conservation, the 'Premio Foods from Spain to Organic Production'.
For the president of this cooperative Murcia, José Luis Hernández Costa, "This award is recognition of a long career, he has clocked up 30 years, and has chosen to promote the cultivation and marketing of organic food at both regional and national levels. "
The Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs today welcomed the delivery of the XXII Awards' Food of Spain 2009 ', which carried out the new minister, Rosa Aguilar, and in this edition, its category for the' Organic Farming 'has been on the cooperative based in Totana Murcia COATO.
In this regard, the Ministry has underlined its proven track record and its contribution to the consolidation of farming, in the case of the European company with the largest area dedicated to this type of production.
In addition, they have also highlighted the special consideration it deserves the effort trader, the technical implementation of environment-friendly, product diversification, the strict quality protocols and the steady increase in area devoted to such crops has out year after year this cooperative Murcia.
An established track record in agribusiness
COATO is an agricultural cooperative enterprise established in 1979 by 65 producers of paprika in the area of Totana (Murcia).
Since then it has established itself as one of the cooperatives in the sector to expand its business to other products such as
fruits and vegetables, oil, almonds or honey.
Harvesting and along this path the most important recognitions in the field of quality, as in the sustainability of national and European level.
This company has more than 4,000 farms whose surfaces totaling 21,400 hectares of fruit and vegetables, pepper for paprika, almond and olive trees located in the communities of Murcia, Andalusia, Valencia and Castilla La Mancha, of which a total of 12,300 are engaged in farming and 3,000 acres to the practice of sustainable farming techniques (integrated farming, erosion control, etc..) addition has modern manufacturing facilities for handling, packaging and process these products.