CORONAVIRUS:Olive Harvest "Against" the Lockdown
NOVEMBER: THE MONTH FOR THE GRECCE'S OLIVE HARVEST
November signals the beginning of the olive harvest season which lasts until mid-January. Very few products are so linked with a place’s history and culture as
olive oil and olive trees are regarding Greece’s cultural heritage. Endowed with strong symbolism through mythology and religion but also associated with gastronomy and a healthy diet, olive tree and its products are certainly a unique component of Greek and Mediterranean culture in general.
Greek olive oil products are considered top quality worldwide. They are cultivated in the country’s ideal climate and soil varieties. An 80 per cent of Greece’s olive oil is extra virgin, which is the top-ranked classification category in the world.
At 06:00 on Saturday morning(7-11-2020), a lockdown enters into force throughout the country after the announcements of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
With the decision to lockdown and ban travel between counties coinciding with the start of the olive harvest, the government assured olive growers that special care would be taken. At 06:00 on Saturday morning, a universal quarantine will take effect throughout the country after the announcements of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “There will be special care for seasonal workers, such as for the olive harvest,” said Mr. President, emphasizing that “the security of primary production and the provision of supply are important.”
However, at this time the olive is being harvested, a fact that has caused concern to farmers, as they do not know if they can move outside the prefecture in order to continue their agricultural work. The primary sector will operate normally, as will the industrial and manufacturing activities, which means that the movement of those workers required to complete the olive harvest will normally take place with the presentation of a handwritten certificate and the IACS document.
Greek olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean Diet. As the main ingredient of every recipe found in Greek traditional cuisine, olive oil plays a dominant role in Greek nutritional habits. Greek olive oil is known worldwide for its purity, exceptional taste and high nutritional value. Besides, extra virgin olive oil is a superfood.Many Greek olive oil products from various regions of the country have been registered as protected designation of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indication (PGI) the EU’s recognition system for high quality agricultural products, such as Hellenic Crops extra virgin olive oil and olives.
Τhe “Art of Greek Olive Oil” is gaining a lot of ground internationally, with remarkable reactions from consumers and businesses, but also with an array of awards won in international competitions for the quality of Greek products and their sophisticated packaging.