Almeria has most valuable farmland in Andalucia

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THE province of Almería has the most valuable farmland in Andalucia confirmed the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro.

Mr Haro, who was speaking at the inauguration of the 26th Andalucian Conference of Farm Administrators, explained that the Junta de Andalucia periodically compiles statistics on the price of land and leasing fees and the value of crops in greenhouses. The latest study has found that the value has increased by 25.3% in just three years.

The average price of land in Andalucia is 20,320 euros per hectare, almost double that in the rest of Spain, where the average is at 10,451 euros. By provinces, Almería leads the price with 36,470 euros per hectare.

The most significant figure, however, is that of hectares used for greenhouses, where the price reaches 188,000 euros per hectare. Areas under polytunnels said Mr Haro, “are not only the most expensive in Andalusia but has also been growing since it began to count in 2012, when it was at 150,000 euros per hectare”, which means an increase of 25.3%.

The 26th Andalucian Days of Farm Administrations are held for the first time in Almeria this year. These days have become a consolidated series of events during the 6 and 7 of October and analyse issues of relevance to the farming sector.