Sultana is the variety that will lead the future of high density olive groves. BALAM Agriculture's managers were very clear about this during the presentation ceremony that took place on the morning of October 11 at the Palacio de Congresos in Cordoba.
If anything was clear to the more than 150 attendees in the auditorium is that Sultana "will mark a before and after in the market" and that "anyone who has a vision for the future should bet on Sultana from now on", said on several occasions the conductor of the ceremony, Fran Galvez, partner and co-founder of BALAM Agriculture.
The success of having found Sultana is the result of BALAM Agriculture's collaboration with the University of Cordoba and its UCOLIVO Group. After signing an agreement last February, the Cordoba-based company BALAM Agriculture has the exclusive right to market and multiply Sultana for the next 30 years.
The Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Córdoba brought together the largest representation of the olive sector at national level, also from Portugal, that has gathered so far in an event. This includes: professional growers, large groups and associations of olive professionals, investment funds, researchers, university representatives, experts from the world of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).
The Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Transfer of the University of Cordoba, Lourdes Arce, was in charge of opening the event and strongly advocated that "agreements such as the one between BALAM Agriculture and UCO are the ones that make us able to continue betting on innovation in search of solutions for the sector, in this case, the agri-food sector". In addition, the research work developed for more than 30 years is a magnificent example to demonstrate the potential that UCO has to attract biotechnology companies to our territory to start new lines of business thanks to results obtained by our researchers, to whom today we give our most sincere congratulations for having managed to transfer the knowledge generated in our laboratories to companies.
Rosa Gallardo, Director of the School of Agricultural Engineering and Forestry 'ETSIAM', stressed that "Sultana is the result of this public-private partnership, mutual trust, the professionalism of the actors involved and the excellent level of the researchers who have participated in this project".
The breeders of the variety are UCOLIVO Group members Diego Barranco, Concepción Muñoz, Pedro Valverde and Carlos Trapero. The latter two were in charge of presenting to the attendees the work that their research group has been developing in order to obtain new varieties. In addition, they put on the table all the studies and trials that have been developed until Sultana has been chosen among thousands of genotypes to launch it to the market.
To close this block of interventions, from BALAM Agriculture wanted to pay tribute to both the four breeders of Sultana and Luis Rallo, who, from the University of Cordoba, has been one of the fathers of the evolution that is developing the world of the olive grove. In addition, Fran Gálvez himself was surprised by the members of his company in recognition of his important role in the commitment to research to obtain new varieties.
A high quality oil
José Antonio Torres, chemist and oleologist, was in charge of presenting the goodness of Sultana in terms of the quality of its oil and the role it can play in the immediate future of the sector. "Sultana is a very complex variety in tasting with fundamentally fruity nuances or reminiscent of fruits and with a background of aromatic plants. It is a very interesting profile from a commercial point of view due to its complexity and harmony in nuances and represents an alternative to other varieties grown in hedgerows for aqueous and organic production.