Primaflor, a fruit and vegetable company that produces and distributes fresh produce and salads, has signed this Wednesday an agreement with the Spanish biotechnology multinational Kimitec with the aim of improving the quality of crops and agricultural productivity of the company from Pulpí (Almería), all from a perspective of respect for nature and people’s health.
This agreement, a pioneer in European agriculture, will allow Primaflor to advance in its goal towards zero waste, taking another step forward in its commitment to sustainability, care for nature and people, according to the company.
The MAAViLab Primaflor&Kimitec is a strategic research and development agreement whereby Kimitec provides Primaflor with the largest research center dedicated to natural agriculture in Europe, MAAVi Innovation Center, for the use and development of natural solutions aimed at achieving zero waste in outdoor leaf crops.
This agreement will allow Primaflor to advance in the development and use of specific bio-inputs for outdoor crops, thus meeting the requirements of reducing the use of chemicals and nitrogen fertilizers in agricultural production.
In this way, it will become the first company in the sector to launch a range of leaf products with zero residue, thanks to a sustainable management of natural resources.
“At Primaflor, we are very proud of the agreement reached with Kimitec, a world leader in innovation. We liked their research methodology and above all their ability to understand our needs”, said the corporate director, Cecilio Peregrín, who added that together “we will work for an efficient, sustainable and much more environmentally friendly agriculture.”
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An end to active chemical materials
From now until 2030, chemical active materials in agriculture will be progressively banned in Europe due to the implementation of the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy, which proposes a 50% reduction in the use of chemical pesticides and a 20% reduction in nitrogen fertilizers.
The implementation of these measures will leave many sectors of agriculture without the tools to maintain their productivity.
Through this collaboration with Kimitec, Primaflor is ahead of this paradigm shift, maintaining its productivity in a natural way, while meeting the objectives of economic and social environmental sustainability imposed by the EU.
Kimitec’s CEO, Felix Garcia, has remarked that the collaboration reached “is the answer to our concern for farmer productivity, sustainability and nature protection, values that we share with Primaflor”.
“Through the application of our innovative and sustainable solutions, we will achieve an important milestone in the agri-food sector, responding to the demands of consumers who demand healthier products, increasing crop productivity and preserving the environment.”
A pioneer project in Europe
The project designed by Primaflor and Kimitec is a pioneering milestone in the sector, as it is a strategic collaboration agreement between a research center and a large producer that seeks to anticipate a change in the production model.
For Primaflor, this collaboration is another step forward in its commitment to sustainability, the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity.
The project consists of three lines of action that involve joint research and development of natural bio-inputs, especially aimed at each of the specific outdoor products grown by Primaflor, which contribute, thanks to the use of prebiotics and probiotics, to improve the organoleptic qualities of the product and its functional qualities, but also to the efficient management of water and nutrients, so necessary to face challenges as important as climate change and desertification, also responsible for extending the post-harvest life of crops.
In the development of Primaflor’s bioinputs, by-products from Primaflor’s own production line will be revalued and used in the development of specific bioinputs that will be developed for the company’s green leaf crops, thus boosting the company’s green economy and circular economy.
Subsequently, Kimitec’s natural products will be progressively incorporated into Primaflor’s crop protocols in order to continue advancing in the production of natural, healthy and zero waste products.
It also contemplates research and development in the area of organic phytosanitary products that will allow Primaflor to be pioneers in achieving the objectives set in the Common Agricultural Policy and in the ‘Green Deal’ with its Farm to Fork strategy, facing the prohibition of active materials and the emergence of emerging pests as a result of climate change, all aimed at achieving zero waste through biopesticides.
This commitment will involve the incorporation of a significant percentage of human capital from both companies to jointly research organic and ethical solutions that will allow Primaflor to grow in a sustainable way, while fulfilling its commitments to customers and social agents is another of the lines.
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