THE olive industry in Cordoba has been granted a €5.76 million lifeline to bring the traditional industry into the 21st century.

At a press conference this morning, delegate of agriculture Araceli Cabello said the province’s olive sector will be the primary beneficiary in the Junta’s plan to revitalise the industry post COVID-19.

A total of 17 municipalities will benefit from the cash injection including Adamuz, Castro del Rio, Cordoba city, Doña Mencia, Espejo, Lucena, Montilla, Nueva Carteya, Obejo, Palma del Rio, Puente Genil, Rute and Villa del Rio.

15 of the municipalities will receive grants towards the production of olive products, with the remaining two focusing on the dressing of the olives.

The investment, as part of the Rural Development Programme and outlined in the BOJA, will focus on three separate key areas; manufacturing, marketing and development.

Large olive production companies are set to receive a full modernisation of their facilities, improving quality control and production efficiency while becoming more environmentally friendly.

Andalucia’s olive marketing strategies will also receive a makeover, with advertising and branding improvements and appearances at global trade shows for some of the region’s largest companies.

In total, over the course of the next three years, €32.6 million will be invested in the olive industry across Andalucia, funding 82 individual projects.

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