TRIGO LIMPIO was born as a commitment to organic production, to indigenous races and to a
way of life based on the sustainable development of their villages.
The cooperative TRIGO LIMPIO was born in a context of rural depopulation in the Pyrenees of
Navarre to encourage support among a group of cattle ranchers the area, who agreed to join
forces and accumulate experience and trust with the consumer. In this way they can raise the
cattle in the pastures of the area, transform the meat in their own cutting room and sell it
directly to the consumer, without intermediaries.
TRIGO LIMPIO started as a cooperative of diverse farmers with very different products (cereal,
meat…at late 90’s. The project failed and started again renting a meat processing plant in
Pamplona and learning the profession of butcher. In 2013 they built their own meat processing
plant for 5 farms in Aribe, Aezkoa Valley, in the heart of Pyrenees.
Each associated member manages his/her own farm. They carry out a weekly preparation of
beef products, a monthly preparation of foal meat and a seasonal preparation of lamb.
They manage sales distributing with their own vehicle locally, with a cold logistics company
outside the valley and on-line through their website. They also participate in fairs and do the
promotion of the products.
This practice enables farmers to live producing quality organic products in the environment in
which they want to live, while maintaining alive small villages of a mountain area.
In terms of financial resources a combination of both, public and private funding, has been decisive to get ahead.
The members of TRIGO LIMPIO decided to ask for a loan from a sustainable bank on the one hand and received public funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Evidence of success
5 farms currently sell 80% of their production, commercializing it through Trigo Limpio. They are improving this percentage due to the capability to reach consumers with a differentiated quality product (organic) and obtaining their loyalty. Otherwise their production ends up in conventional markets.
There are difficulties associated to their activity such as:
• Difficulties to use non OGM cereals
• Difficulties to apply CAP rules when working on extensive livestock farming and to recover breeds in extinction danger with organic farming methods
• Taxes to (organic) production
Potential for learning or transfer
Competitiveness in the sale of meat products requires differentiation and obtaining high quality products, in addition to joining producers to face the higher production costs of small and scattered farms in mountainous areas.
Taking into account the problem of depopulation of rural areas, moreover with the interest for society of maintaining the landscape and the environment, sustainable livestock maintenance is a key option. In this sense, organic production is an unbeatable option in terms of sustainability and any aid policy that promotes this option would not only result in the improvement of ecological SMEs competitiveness, but also in the improvement of common problems to many region rural areas.