This project came about at the initiative of the Cooperative Agricultural Producers Fafe - COFAFE as an attempt to reduce the abandonment of agricultural land and as a way of combating desertification constant that exists in the inland regions of the country, through rejuvenation of the agricultural business sector increasingly attracted by use of alternative crops and the promotion of agricultural sustainability.
The goal is to develop the agricultural potential of the region, boosting the rural areas of the county, in order to maximize the potential of the farms, with the guarantees of a row strategic, technically and economically profitable.
In this sense, this cooperative together with its 12 members, developed a project to production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants in organic farming. The production plots occupy an area of about 20ha, and their productions will be sold to COFAFE who undertakes the transformation in their facilities and ensures the total production flow.
This also minimizes Cooperative investment by producers since it is responsible for all processing, storage and packaging of all production, with the added advantage of providing other services such as: technical support, purchase of agricultural machinery for common use, freight, among others.
The cohesion between the various projects will allow to obtain size and strength in the market.
Innovation, development and modernization of farms, through the production of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants in organic farming can meet the needs of a booming industry. The organic certification ensures that obtaining the products does not compromise the sustainability of natural resources.
The cohesion inherent allows a stronger position in the market.
The production export provides a significant improvement in profitability of the whole project, because it allows to reach markets with higher purchasing power, the same markets that are very demanding in terms of product quality and in terms of sustainability of production and maintenance of natural resources.
Maintenance of natural resources passes through the rational use of water through the use of irrigation systems in which its efficiency is preferred, the use of agricultural practices for conserving soil (reducing the number of passages with agricultural machinery), protecting its structure, through the use of permanent crops, which promote the reduction of soil erosion, through the reduction of monoculture practices and consequent increased biodiversity induced by the multiculturalism practiced, which benefits the farms in terms of production, of the whole surrounding landscape and promotes maintenance or enhancement of environmental quality with inherent sustained appreciation of natural resources, landscape and rural heritage.
The project “COFAFEAromáticas”
This project consists of the installation of around 20ha production with the following species:
Sage (Salvia officinalis), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), peppermint (Mentha X piperita), “tutsan” (Hypericum androsaemum) and verbena (Aloysia tryphilla).
These plants will be produced by COFAFE and his associates in organic farming. After harvest they will be processed and packaged on the premises of COFAFE and subsequently sold.
The entire project was financed with funds PRODER
It is intended, with the implementation of this project to increase the profitability of farms that integrate, through the sale of goods with added value.
It will promote the entrepreneurship and increase the employability of the agricultural sector of the county.
The fact that this is a group project, in which we work to achieve common goals, allows achieving scale gains which, in turn, enable access to international markets.