CADE - Companhia Agrícola de Desenvolvimento SA, owned by Fundação Carmona e Costa, whose capital is majority held by the family Carmona e Costa and administrated by Vitor Carmona e Costa, who, equally, is the main stock holder of COPAM-Companhia Portuguesa de Amidos.
Persecuting the objective of improving the quality control of the raw material and having a kind of maize with a faster development, Carmona e Costa decided to invest in the region of Vidigueira in Baixo Alentejo, acquiring in 1987 an old estate called "Herdade do Monte da Ribeira".
The first concern was the water management, taking advantage of the existing water streams to build dams.
The next step was preparing the soil for the production of maize in quality and quantity, having been achieved right away a very significative production per hectare.
However, national and european union policies came to place limits regarding the quantity produced per hectare. This situation obliged to think in alternative cultures, among others, the Read more »