Agroindustry in Córdoba only represents 14% of the GDP, despite its potential it has not yet taken off

Agroindustry in Córdoba only represents 14% of the GDP, despite its potential it has not yet taken off
Agroindustry in Córdoba only represents 14% of the GDP, despite its potential it has not yet taken off

Agribusiness in the department of Córdoba currently represents only 14% of the regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but considerable growth is expected in the next four years. This was stated by Carlos José Murgas, vice president of the Oleoflores Group, in a recent interview, where he detailed the plans and projects that seek to revitalize the agricultural sector in the region.

Despite its vast agricultural potential, Córdoba’s agribusiness has seen a decline in its contribution to GDP since 2005. Murgas highlighted that, through a series of government and private initiatives, This sector is projected to not only regain its economic importance, but even surpass the public sector in terms of contribution to GDP.

One of the pillars of this growth is the “Campo Cambia” project, led by Governor Erasmo Zuleta, which aims to expand and diversify crops in the department. This year, the Oleoflores Group has planted around 8,000 hectares of palm and is planning another 5,000 hectares with the participation of 1,200 new farmers. These efforts are not limited to the palm; Crops such as lemon, cocoa, banana, and mango are also included, which promises to diversify and stabilize the agricultural economy of the region.

Additionally, the first agroindustrial biogas complex is being developed in Córdoba, an initiative that seeks not only to satisfy the energy needs of agricultural operations, but also to generate surpluses that benefit local communities. This project highlights the commitment to sustainability and energy self-sufficiency, crucial factors for rural development.

The Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA) has identified that Córdoba has 600,000 hectares of land highly suitable for agriculture, which does not require deforestation, and 850,000 additional hectares of medium suitability. These lands present a significant opportunity for agricultural expansion without compromising the environment.

The comprehensive plan for the growth of agribusiness in Córdoba includes not only increasing production, but also the implementation of sustainable technologies and the training of new farmers. These steps are designed to foster modern, sustainable agriculture that can withstand global market pressure and improve the quality of life of rural communities.

 
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