The Ministry pursues the international projection of the product protected by the Denomination of Origin
The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment estimates for this year a production close to three million kilos in the Calasparra rice preserve, where this campaign 131 hectares of rice of the 'Bomba' variety have been planted;
297 hectares of the 'Balilla x Sollana' variety, in conventional cultivation;
and 45 of this same variety in organic farming, which makes a total of 473 hectares.
The general director of Food Industry and Agricultural Cooperativism, José Gómez, visited the area and stressed that, this year, for the first time, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Plant Health Service, "the technological control procedures have been successfully applied , through sexual confusion, to combat the plague of the rice borer, which has been affecting in recent years, especially, the variety 'Bomba' ".
Gomez said that "although 75 percent of the sales of rice covered by the Denomination of Origin are directed to the national market, the expansion is intended to Europe, Australia, Oceania and also to the United States, since rice does not figure in the list of products affected by tariffs, so we estimate that it is a market with growth possibilities. "
He added that the Ministry "will continue to collaborate with the Regulatory Councils for the promotion of products with Denomination of Origin of Murcia, as products of proximity and guaranteed provenance, and that perseveres in the internationalization and opening of new markets."
The Coto Arrocero de Calasparra has an area in the Region of Murcia of about 350 hectares, and extends to the Community of Castilla-La Mancha.
The main characteristic of its production is the extraordinary quality of its harvest, due to the purity of the water used, being the only rice production that is carried out in Spain at altitude, outside the area of â€‹â€‹influence of the coast.
Calasparra is the first rice in Europe with Denomination of Origin, granted in 1986, although rice has been grown in this area since the 17th century.
It currently has three rice mills and 160 registered farmers.