Let's Welcome a New Cooperative: COVIDESA

Agro Sevilla

Agro Sevilla continues to grow hand in hand with our environment: the Andalusian countryside, best represented through the work of our cooperatives. Today we take a look at the latest cooperative to join Agro Sevilla: COVIDESA, an olive cooperative located in Posadas (Córdoba) in the heart of the Guadalquivir Valley, which joined on 28 June. With this addition, Agro Sevilla now has 12 cooperatives spanning the provinces of Seville, Malaga and Córdoba.

The cooperative has more than 4,000 hectares under cultivation, stretching across different municipalities and including lands where Guadalquivir and Genil rivers meet; some of Andalusia's most fertile and productive land. COVIDESA (Cooperativa Olivarera Ntra. Sra. de la Salud) brings together around 350 growers from the municipalities of Almodóvar del Río, Córdoba, Fuente Palmera, Guadalcázar, Hornachuelos, Palma del Río and Posadas, where it is based. Of these, 70 members are registered in the table olive division.

Established in July 1955, this cooperative produces table olives, olive oils and oranges. Table olive production is 5,500 tonnes made up of the manzanilla, hojiblanca and gordal varieties.

Integrated Production and Quality Control

In order the highest product quality whilst also respecting the environment, in 1999 COVIDESA formed an Association for the Integrated Production of Olive Groves, which occupies 3,000 hectares. This is a production system which takes full advantage of natural resources and regulation mechanisms to ensure sustainable farming in the long term. This way, the product's quality and food safety is guaranteed, while protecting the environment in an exemplary way.

This Cooperative was one of the first to be certified in the implementation of the Quality Management System in accordance with the ISO 9001-2000 standard. COVIDESA has consistently gone a step further in the sustainable management of table olive production, a priority for all of the cooperatives of Agro Sevilla.