Who we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in SpainWho we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in SpainWho we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in SpainWho we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in SpainWho we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in Spain

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Who we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in Spain
Who we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in Spain

On 1 December 1978, in Paterna del Campo (Huelva), Mr. Juan Ignacio de la Rosa Panduro and the agricultural extension adviser, Mr. Francisco Govantes Vicens, met with a group of farming businessmen. At the meeting, it was agreed to call a meeting with all of the farmers in the district interested in establishing an association to defend their interests.

That meeting, held on 1 February 1979, was attended by the Presidents of the Chamber of Agriculture of Paterna and Escacena. A provisional Board of Management was elected, chaired by Mr. Juan Ignacio de la Rosa, which was to carry out the financial research necessary to determine the location and development of the future association.

On 29 March of the same year, the old cork factory, located next to Escacena del Campo railway station, was bought from Mr. José de Porres Osborne.

The commission which undertook the purchase was comprised of: Mr. Pedro Ortega Galiano, Mr. Juan Ignacio de la Rosa Panduro, Mr. José Moya Márquez, Mr. José Fernández Zarza and Mr. Juan Fernández Pérez.

On 2 July 1979, an Extraordinary General Assembly of Sdad. Coop. del Campo Limitada, Campo de Tejada was held in Escacena del Campo, at which the first Board of Directors was elected, chaired by Mr. Pedro Ortega Galiano.

Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Campo de Tejada was established in June 1979 with the corporate objective of harvesting and marketing the agricultural products of its members: cereal, oilseeds, legumes, etc.

There were 186 founder members. Today, however, there are over 2,400 members, including farmers and associate members. These farmers cultivate a total of 24,728 hectares, and most of their produce is marketed by the Cooperative.

Who we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in Spain
Who we are - Campo de Tejada, Chickpea producers in Spain

When the Cooperative was incorporated, land situated next to the Escacena del Campo railway station was acquired, comprising 20,000 square metres, including 4,052 square metres of constructed floor space. Since then, further sheds and buildings have been constructed, reaching a total of 10,800 square metres of floor space.

In 1986, a three-hectare rustic property was acquired adjacent to this land, fundamentally for experimental crops and post-control trials of the wheat seed produced and certified by the Cooperative, with these agricultural tests being performed by or in collaboration with the Andalusian Regional Government.

Lastly, in 1996, in response to the urgent need to increase storage capacity, the facilities of the firm HYTASA, located next to the Cooperative, were bought. They consisted of a further 38,000 square metres including four sheds with covered floor space of 6,000 square metres.

The original facilities which had been used successively as a distillery, cork factory and, more recently, as an olive-curing facility, were totally refurbished and repaired, and adapted to their new function as agricultural warehouses.

They included a house which was remodelled and enlarged, and which is used today as a home for the security guard of the Cooperative.

At first, the members came from neighbouring municipalities: Escacena del Campo, Paterna del Campo and Manzanilla, as well as some from Chucena. Over time, the Cooperative grew and covered more territory until it now takes in 16 municipalities in the province of Huelva and 14 in Seville, from Gibraleón (Huelva) to Coria del Río (Seville), as reflected in the Articles of Association.