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Expansion of Organic Horticultural Production Facility


This Spanish project invested in the rationalisation and improvement of existing horticultural production facilities and in the introduction of two new lines of products, namely field tomatoes and watermelons.


A group of producers came together to form the Bio Sol Portocarrero company which produces and markets organic horticultural products. The company is committed to the provision of healthy and high quality products delivered through a rigorous quality control system. To achieve its goals the company decided to invest in the rationalisation and improvement of existing facilities and the commissioning of two new lines of products: organic tomatoes and watermelons.


The overall objective was to expand the existing facilities to best meet the increase in current and planned activity, especially with regard to field tomatoes and watermelon. The specific objectives comprised of: expanding production capacity; rationalising the existing facilities; introducing process automation; and improving the process of unloading and shipment.

Main activities

The project was built around four key activities, implemented in accordance with environmental regulations: a) incorporation of two new processing lines for field tomatoes and watermelon; b) implementation of a sophisticated system for loading and unloading field boxes containing horticulture products; c) installation of a product transfer strap and a label dispenser; and d) acquisition of a platform to allow automated handling of products during transport and storage.

Results & Benefits

The main project achievement is the increase in product quality through the use of more efficient and environmentally-friendly processes. Improvements in working conditions and personnel skills have also flowed from the introduction of more technologically-advanced installations and facilities. The growth in production capacity has consolidated the existing workforce and allowed the company to generate new posts in a rural area.

Lessons learnt

The continuous improvement of technology and machinery used in the production of organic horticultural products is a guarantee of an efficient production process and product quality. In addition, the concept of environmental quality should be inherent to the production process so as to further strengthen the image of horticultural products and respond to the market demand for organically grown products.

Project location and other information

Municipality of Nijar, part of the Natural Park 'Cabo de Gata-Nijar', Province of Almería



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

348 568

EAFRD contribution (€)

130 713

National contribution (€)

43 571

Private contribution (€)

174 284

Contact name

Antonio Sevillano and Juan Antonio Rueda


+34 950 387 016, +34 658 919 788

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Producer groups

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 123. Adding value to agricultural and forestry products


Added-value, Organic farming, Fruit, Horticulture, Modernisation

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