Olint - 21 Ago 2013 - 08:36

Super High Densitive System (SHD) history and timeline

  •   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,...
  • A group of French fruit producers from Provence, led by Jean Michel Borgeaud, decided to adopt this technology. Our neighboring country is the area in the world where olive oil is commercialized at higher prices for the wholesale market, and of course to be bottled. These prices can range around €9/Kg of oil for wholesale, but in order for this to happen, the oil must be proven to have been produced in the region. This group began planting its first hectares in 1997. Today, after having...
  • It is the 3rd oil importing country in the world and in just a few years, it may become the second or even the first. Local production doesn't even reach 1%. However, the state of California meets the optimal conditions for olive tree cultivation. For this reason, a group of Spanish investors who believed in this concept thought it would be a good opportunity to invest in this kind of plantation in 1999 when there still was no olive-growing history in the country and olive tree cultivation...
  • The Cordoba company Todolivo promoted the first plantations by Portuguese investors in our neighboring country. Since then, the number of plantations in Portugal has not stopped growing. Local investors and above all, Spaniards who are attracted by the still lower value of land in comparison to Spain, have made Portugal into a country to keep in mind with regards to European olive oil production in the future. The growth potential for the new plantations in this neighboring country is very high...
  • In the year 2000, after having followed the first plantations in Spain for several years, the local company SADIRA understood that it was time to make some decisions. Tunisia is the leading African olive oil producer and the second country in the world in planted surface area. Olive tree cultivation in Tunisia is too important not to consider such important cultivation alternatives. SADIRA planted the first 25 ha plantation on its own estate, and from then on became dedicated to promoting these...
  • Encouraged by their great success producing and above all, exporting quality wines, many producers began to wondering why they didn’t take advantage of these already existing trade channels to introduce a product that has always been very much connected to wine. The reality is that the cultivated surface area of olive trees in Chile at that time may have been around 3000 ha, most of them in wide frames with table varieties and some Italian oil merchants with low productions and no clear...
  • After observing what happened in Spain and having undertaken a small experiment in the country when the late Michel Ayello convinced Atlas Farming (Marrakech) to create the first Arbequina plantation under this model. Some time later, the King of Morocco established olive tree cultivation as the most strategic for the Maghreb country for the future, officially announcing a new National Olive-Growing Plan which is an attempt to go from 500,000 ha of olive trees to 1 million by 2010. The...
  • Moreno Bernardini, a restless young Tuscan, was the first to create the first commercial plantation in the Transalpine country on his family’s Scarlino farm. Driven simultaneously by Professors Godini and Bellomo of the University of Bari, Mr. Giovanni Cantore undertook the first plantation in La Puglia. Currently, companies like Innova (Puglia) are promoting this system in a very professional manner. It is surprising that the second-leading olive oil producer in the world has become...
  • After a trip to Spain in search of alternatives to the existing harvesting problems on the traditional plantations that had been undertaken in Australia, John and Karen Gorman discovered the super-intensive system which completely resolved their concerns as far as managing olive groves. Moreover, they were able to adapt a large part of the machinery and philosophy of vineyard cultivation. In 2004, they planted their first 6 ha plantation in the town of Cadell in the Riverland Region. The...
  • Fanis Papanikolopoulos and his partners through his company, Geoplant, in the Peloponnesus region were the first to promote this kind of plantation in the Hellene country. Despite the major fragmentation of property, they have done excellent work to group producers together and in this way, organize them so that they can plant new plantations efficiently and without any increase in costs. Obviously, the Koroneiki variety has been well-received in its country of origin.
  • This technology is advancing very rapidly throughout the world. Other countries have begun incorporating this technology: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Algeria, … The associated advantages (quick entry into production and total mechanization of the harvest and pruning, final quality of the product) along with the years of already-accumulated experience, leads one to think that super-Intensive plantations or hedge-plantations will grow at a very significant rate all over...