1994. SPAIN, THE STARTING POINT

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From back in February 1994 when Mr. Jose Mª Ferrer, the owner of the Valonga Plantation in Binéfar (Huesca), planted the first 6 hectares of the Arbequina variety olive trees at 3 x 1.35m for the purpose of harvesting them with the harvesting machine, until today, the situation has changed a lot.

It was the first commercial plantation to use the system known as super-intensive. Mr. Ferrer had followed the recommendations of Agromillora, his habitual plant supplier, suggesting he try out this concept for the first time in search of possible advantages to mechanizing the harvest.

The following year, in 1996, other Agromillora clients dared to imitate Mr. Ferrer, and specifically Hacienda San Miguel en Alhama de Murcia, El Duquesillo en Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), La Boella en Reus (Tarragona) and Valonga en Binéfar (Huesca), together planted 90 ha that year.

Over the next few years, more companies and more farmers were encouraged in light of the first results, the growing interest in olive oil and the enormous difficulty in finding labor. Year after year, this cultivation system has expanded throughout Spain and abroad.