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Australia and the Canary Islands. The olive oil production has two faces

Struggling with drought, the end of the facilities and the prices very low ride Australia has stopped, perhaps forever. Planting trees in the Canary Islands and looks to recipes

Australia, last year, produced 15,000 tonnes of olive oil, if we consider that a huge growth in 2004 was only 2500, but certainly not sufficient to bring the country into the club of the most player in olive oil market.
Even considering the production of table olives (about 3000 tons) the total value of production was about 160 million euros, with some estimates of growth but with the mature industry by the end of this decade.

The major producers, which account for 70% of the country, are not believing in the sector and had in fact ceased investment for many years have enriched areas of Victoria and Perth.

Now government and olive oil association speaks openly of the need of a revival Australian olive passing through a plan to evaluate the following factors: drought, climate change, consumer loyalty, export competition, the challenges of marketing and international financial situation .

The lack of water for irrigation and the tendency of the Australian government to want to move this crop in the arid areas is leading to different problems, not dissimilar to those of some arid Mediterranean environments.
And so it is that Australia hopes for a revival and the resumption of investment in the arrival of European and Asian entrepreneurs interested in colonizing the world with the projected disappearance of EU subsidies after 2013 and interest for the growing ' olive oil from some countries that have stable and reliable business relations with Australia.

The challenge is launched, the last Australian Olive Industry Research, Development and Extension (RD & E) Plan for 2010-2015, but there is certainly less optimistic.

Instead there is a increasing interesting on olive oil in Canary Islands, where the project to start production was started since 2005 and seems to be paying off if overreach is the Minister of the archipelago.
To be affected would be the islands of Granadilla de Abona, Agüimes (Gran Canaria) and Fuerteventura.

The main merit of this project is to delay choosing a local variety, apparently natural, the Acebuche, which now seems to give good results.

Why the Canaries would need to produce extra virgin olive oil?
Simply to implement their offer food and wine, looking for another crop this new business opportunity. Sure, the quantities produced for the local government's own admission, to be minimal, but perhaps sufficient to satisfy the 12 million tourists each year flock to the archipelago.

by T N
06 september 2010, Technical Area > Olive & Oil

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